Chesterfield: Cook missing key trio as Spireites head for Potteries

Gary Roberts should be fit to face Port Vale
Gary Roberts should be fit to face Port Vale

Spireites look set to be without Jay O’Shea, Dan Gardner and Romy Boco for tomorrow’s trip to Port Vale.

O’Shea’s troublesome groin, which has kept him out of full training for a couple of weeks, needs another two weeks to fully recover, so he’s unlikely to be risked for the journey to Staffordshire.

Gardner, too, has a groin problem and is seeing a specialist to ascertain the exact degree of the ongoing injury.

Gary Roberts has recovered sufficiently from his groin problem and he’ll be fit to play at Vale Park whilst Drew Talbot will be having an operation on his injured groin next week.

That will keep him out for another 12 weeks. Romy Boco picked up a fractured cheekbone in last week’s clash at Fleetwood Town.

He’s seeing a specialist and the full extent of that injury won’t be known until that report is presented to Head of Sports Science and Medicine at the club, Rodger Wylde.

Ollie Banks, though still a week or so away from full fitness, has shown up well in coming off the bench to play in recent games, and he could be in contention to start.

Ritchie Humphreys (knee) is progressing well but the Vale match could come a week too soon for consideration.

The injuries could see Armand Gnanduillet given a rare start. Paul Cook could opt to play Gnanduillet as a lone striker and switch Eoin Doyle to an attacking midfield position or he could start with a 4-4-2 formation with the two men up front.

Either way, the manager will be hoping to be able to add to his squad today as the transfer window prepares to shut.

Sam Clucas (Mansfield) and St Patrick’s Athletic’s Chris Fagan are two men believed to be on the manager’s radar.

Next Saturday’s home game against Swindon Town has been postponed due to the Robins’ having three men called up for International duty.