Chesterfield: Drew Talbot’s possible return will give Paul Cook a full house for Preston clash

Drew Talbot could be fit to feature on the bench for Chesterfield against Preston
Drew Talbot could be fit to feature on the bench for Chesterfield against Preston

Paul Cook could have hamstring victim Drew Talbot back on the bench this evening.

The popular utility player will be assessed by physio Rodger Wylde this morning to see if he’s overcome the problem picked up in the 6-0 win over Colchester United last month.

If the 28 year old is given the all-clear, Cook will have a full outfield squad to select from for the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Preston North End at the Proact Stadium.

Cook said of the occasion: “There’ll be nerves for this match, that’s for sure, but the most important thing is that when the referee blows the final whistle, we’ve turned up.

“You can’t guarantee anything in football but if we turn up, I’m sure we’ll cause Preston a problem or two. They’ll cause us a problem or two, make no bones about it.

“You only have to look at the quality of players in their team, especially in the forward area, Beckford, Garner, Johnson, Gallagher, Kevin Davies if he plays; really strong players. Both sides can hurt each other, it’ll be a fantastic game played on a great pitch.

“Preston have a strong team and a strong manager who has plenty of promotions on his CV, they’ve had their ‘down’ day at Colchester, Simon Grayson will have picked his team up and reminded them that everyone says the best way to win promotion is via the play-offs.”

Spireites’ boss has said he’ll attack regardless of the fact that it’s a two-legged affair with part two set for Sunday lunchtime and he’s unlikely to tinker a great deal with the team that drew 1-1 at Bramall Lane last weekend.