THURSDAY FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Chesterfield Spireites, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County

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Still on top ... but can Chesterfield cling on? Plus today’s back pages:

Spireites manager Paul Cook revealed after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon that midfielder Jimmy Ryan’s withdrawal with over 20 minutes remaining wasn’t due to an injury. Full story: DT

The Greens entertain Scunthorpe United this Saturday and then face leaders Chesterfield at Home Park on Tuesday night, which I’m really looking forward to and I’m sure the players and management are too. Full story: PlymouthHerald

Peterborough United midfielder Danny Kearns has joined League Two leaders Chesterfield on a month’s loan. Full story: ITV

FANS have reaction with a mixture of incredulity and anger at Joss Labadie’s 10-match ban for an alleged bite on Chesterfield’s Ollie Banks - coming just hours after the Gulls midfielder scored the winner in their clash against Rochdale. Full story: TorquayHerald

GROANS swept around the iPro Stadium when Conor Sammon’s tame effort located the grateful hands of Bolton Wanderers’ goalkeeper Adam Bogdan in the dying embers of Tuesday’s goalless draw. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

PROMOTION-CHASING Derby County have gone four and a half hours without scoring and it is more than six hours since they found the net from open play. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

Sheffield United achieved this landmark victory with a modicum of fuss. Indeed, having seen his players stretch their winning sequence to 10 straight games, perhaps manager Nigel Clough’s only regret was that the outcome remained in the balance until the final whistle. Full story: TheStar

Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, paid tribute to his players’ courage after watching them record their 10th straight win. Full story: TheStar

Stuart Gray is incredulous over the decision that prevented Wigan from going down to 10 men before they pulled off a 1-0 win against the Owls last night. Full story: TheStar

Wednesday suffered a cruel defeat on a night of two vital penalty incidents at the DW Stadium last night. Full story: TheStar

And nationally:

www.guardian.co.uk: Tim Sherwood has warned all of his Tottenham Hotspur squad that they are playing for their futures at the club following the miserable capitulation against Chelsea on Saturday, a result that sparked a heated two-hour team meeting to clear the air after the manager had vehemently questioned his side’s character in public.

www.times.co.uk: Manchester City’s season took another turn for the worse in the Nou Camp last night when they were dumped out of the Champions League by Barcelona and left to sweat over another injury to Sergio Agüero.

www.mirror.co.uk: Manchester City’s Champions League exit was compounded by a potentially serious injury to star striker Sergio Aguero.

www.telegraph.co.uk: Paris Saint-Germain advanced safely into the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday, beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at the Parc des Princes in their last 16, second leg to take the tie 6-1 on aggregate.

www.dailymail.co.uk: Mesut Ozil was anxiously awaiting scan results on Wednesday night amid fears he could miss the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan.

www.independent.co.uk: As they left the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night, the mood among those Arsenal players who lingered to talk was that, when it came, the endgame to their Champions League elimination at the hands of Bayern Munich was not as brutal as it might have been.