SPIREITES: Chesterfield wait on injured Banks for Newport

Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final 2014 between Chesterfield and Peterborough at Wembley Stadium. Chesterfield's Ollie Banks goes off injured
Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final 2014 between Chesterfield and Peterborough at Wembley Stadium. Chesterfield's Ollie Banks goes off injured

Chesterfield will be sweating on the fitness of Ollie Banks prior to Saturday’s clash with Newport County at the Proact Stadium.

The midfielder was replaced early on in the JPT final when he appeared to strike the sole of Jimmy Ryan’s boot when attempting to clear.

Banks was quickly hauled off in place of Sam Hird and was pictured after the final whistle on crutches going up the Wembley steps.

Spireites boss Paul Cook said it was a bad knock but stated it was too early to tell the extent of his ankle injury.

Hird could be in line for a recall to the first eleven if Cook opted to continue with two holding midfielders and pushed Ryan behind the lone striker.

On loan duo Mason Bennett, from Derby County, and Dan Kearns, from Peterborough United, are in contention while Dan Gardner has returned from injury.

Rams manager Steve McClaren said last week that Bennett will return to the Championship club as they chase promotion to the Premiership after his loan was up.

While Chesterfield’s thoughts were at Wembley at the weekend, Newport’s Saturday went from bad to worse against relegation-threatened Portsmouth.

First half goals from Ryan Taylor and Jed Wallace for Pompey gave the Exiles a mountain to climb in the second period on home soil.

Ismail Yakubu got a goal back for the hosts 16 minutes from time but it proved to be little more than a consolation during late drama.

Tempers ran high in the clash which saw two men sent off for Newport. Adam Chapman was shown a straight red for a two-footed lunge before Darcy Blake received a second yellow.

The pair will both miss Saturday’s trip to the Proact through suspension, as they look upset the odds against promotion-chasing Chesterfield.

It was Newport’s fifth defeat in their last ten games, having drawn four and won just once - away at Torquay United on March 22.

Newport, however, won the reverse fixture 3-2 against the Spireites in December on a day Liam Cooper was shown a straight red card.