SPIREITES: Saunders looking for new defender when loan window re-opens

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Chesterfield manager Dean Saunders has dropped a strong hint that he will try to bring a defender to the club when the loan window re-opens.

Following the news about Angel Martinez, who faces around six months out after suffering a serious knee injury in training this week, the assumption was the Spireites would be back in the market for a central midfielder when loan deals are permitted again next week.

However, Saunders feels he has sufficient cover for the Spaniard already within his ranks and he is keen to bolster his back line instead.

“Liam O’Neil can play in there and we have other midfielders but we are a bit short defensively so I might have to work out which is the best route to go,” said the Blues boss.

“If we had two defenders get injured in the same game, which can happen, then all of a sudden we are short.

“We can’t put a reserve-team out with four defenders at the moment, which tells you we’re short in the squad. Everywhere else we’re alright though.”

Saunders could sign a defender on loan from another club, probably from the Premier League or Championship, but there are also still players available as free agents having been released during the summer.

“We’ll look at every option,” said the Welshman. “There are a lot of things to consider when you’re looking at players.

“All the managers have shown their hands now as regards which players they see as part of their plans, so there are players who have not been involved in squads who will be available.

“Whether we can get them or not, I don’t know. But ultimately if we do bring anyone in it will be the best calibre of player we can.”