SPIREITES: Chesterfield FC trio in contention to fill midfield void against Barnsley

Crewe Alexandra vs Chesterfield - Sam Morsy battles for the ball  - Pic By James Williamson
Crewe Alexandra vs Chesterfield - Sam Morsy battles for the ball - Pic By James Williamson

Paul Cook will be forced in to making at least one change to his Chesterfield line-up for the visit of Barnsley on Saturday.

Spireites midfielder Sam Morsy picked up a fifth caution of the season in the goalless draw against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road.

It means an automatic one-game suspension for the 23-year-old who has only missed one League One match for Chesterfield this season.

He and Jimmy Ryan have struck up an understanding at the base of the Spireites’ midfield but his absence will mean a change to the X1.

Ritchie Humphreys came off the bench to help consolidate as Chesterfield chased a winner at Crewe and could be given the nod by Cook.

His experience would be a valuable asset in what is likely to be a red-hot atmosphere at the Proact Stadium come kick off on Saturday.

Though Humphreys hasn’t started a competitive league fixture in two months - since the trip to Doncaster Rovers on September 20.

Ollie Banks is also in contention and has slotted in to the role before, notably in one of his first displays at Bristol Rovers last term.

Cook has options at his disposal and may even look at a change in shape, with Sam Clucas and Eoin Doyle combining well as a front two pairing.

A hamstring injury has ruled Georg Margreitter out in previous weeks but he is understood to be making strides and is closing in on a return.

If Cook opts for the defender, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Raglan could be moved in to midfield as a possible solution.

Last time out

Chesterfield (4-2-3-1) v Crewe: Lee; Darikwa, Evatt, Raglan, Jones; Morsy, Ryan; O’Shea, Roberts, Clucas; Doyle.

Barnsley (4-3-3) v Colchester: Turnball; Cranie, Ramage, Nyatanga, Dudgeon; Berry Bailey, Hourihane; Cole, Winnall, Hemmings.