Chesterfield: Cook hopes Margreitter shakes off his injury

Georg Margreitter
Georg Margreitter

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook is hoping that Austrian defender Georg Margreitter will shake off the hamstring injury which has kept him out of the last couple of games.

Initial evaluations indicated he’d probably be out until early December.

His loan from Wolves ends in the middle of that month, but he’s made a much better recovery than was predicted and is knocking on the recall door.

Whether or where Spireites boss will play the central defender remains a guessing game; Ian Evatt and inexperienced Charlie Raglan have kept back to back clean sheets as the two central defenders.

But an in-form Barnsley side featuring Devante Cole and Sam Winnall, both in great shape in front of goal, may tempt the manager to go for experience.

If that’s the case, Raglan can count himself as being unlucky, though there’s a possibility that the former FC United of Manchester man could fill the holding midfield gap vacated by the suspended Sam Morsy.

Striker Armand Gnanduillet - recalled from his loan at Tranmere Rovers, where he got in four full 90 minutes, scoring two goals - will undoubtedly be in the matchday squad, but whether he gets a start is also a guessing game amongst supporters; a place on the bench looks his most likely berth.

Long term absentees Sam Hird and Drew Talbot are both set to step up their training in the next week or so. Hird picked up an injury in the 3-2 defeat at Doncaster Rovers whilst Talbot has yet to feature this season, indeed he’s only played once since February, so he hopes his troublesome groin injury is now firmly behind him.