Chesterfield: Gary Roberts fighting fit after injury niggles

Gary Roberts
Gary Roberts

One of the bright spots of the last couple of Spireites’ games has been the form of raider Gary Roberts.

The 30-year-old reigning League Two player of the year has had an in and out time of late with a troublesome hamstring injury which he initially picked up at the end of August.

Since then he’s returned and suffered again on a number of occasions. Last week’s 0-0 draw at Crewe Alexandra marked his first full 90 minutes since the middle of August.

But that game, coupled with the 6-0 win the week before at Braintree Town indicated the former Ipswich, Huddersfield and Swindon man was fit again and back on song.

Roberts said: “The hamstrings are alright now.

“I’ve done a lot of work with the physio and Rodger Wylde’s been great with me.

“I could have rushed to get back again, but missing another three or four weeks wouldn’t be ideal for me or the team, so we took it step by step and put me through a mini pre-season.

“I’ve had a lot of treatment and different programs on my hamstrings and I’ve been in the gym, so hopefully now I can stay on the pitch more often.”

The Liverpudlian added: “We knew what it was but we couldn’t understand why it was recurring all the time.

“I don’t think people outside of football clubs realise for someone like myself who loves the game how frustrating it is, but you can see now that I feel right again and I’m back to where I left off before I got injured.”

Roberts is a certain starter against Barnsley tomorrow; Spireites haven’t won a game this season when he’s not started.

Paul Cook’s only selection headache is how to cover for the absence of Sam Morsy in the holding midfield role.

Ritchie Humphreys, Georg Margreitter and Ollie Banks could all be considered to fill Morsy’s big boots as Spireites look to win their first league game since beating South Yorkshire opposition, Sheffield United, at the Proact Stadium at the start of last month.