Most of Paul Cook’s selection thinking this week will be surrounding his attacking quartet.
Gary Roberts (hamstring) missed the JPT defeat at Scunthorpe but he’s fit to face the same opposition in Saturday’s League One encounter.
Providing his fitness is confirmed as expected, he’s a nailed on starter in the middle of the three attacking midfielders after scoring one and assisting one in the 2-1 win at Port Vale in the last points’ bearing match.
If new signing from neighbours Mansfield Town, Sam Clucas, a natural left sider, doesn’t start it’ll be a major surprise to all Spireites connections.
The right sided midfield slot therefore is the one where competition is immense. Ollie Banks, who started at Glandford Park as his fitness builds up after missing the pre-season programme, will probably return to the bench. He’s more effective more centrally, so could miss out amongst the hefty competition.
That leaves Romy Boco and Jay O’Shea to battle it out for that shirt. Boco (broken cheek) and O’Shea (groin) have both missed games recently and both have, when employed this season, contributed immensely to the team. Both have returned to full training this week; Boco is more match fit whilst O’Shea’s effervescent style causes different types of problems, often ones defences don’t know how to combat.
That means Villa loanee Daniel Johnson could miss out after two top show in the last two games.
Meanwhile in attack, Eoin Doyle and Armand Gnanduillet will be looking to catch the eye in the last couple of training sessions before the game. Doyle played left midfield at Port Vale, and scored, Gnanduillet put in his best shift for the club in the same game and also played reasonably well at Scunthorpe, a game Doyle missed.