It’s a week of recuperation for Spireites.
Paul Cook has several players nursing knocks, bruises and recovering from illness and injury. Gary Roberts, Jimmy Ryan, Ian Evatt, Jay O’Shea, Dan Gardner and Ollie Banks have all been less than 100% in the last couple of weeks and this first midweek break of the season has come at the best possible time.
The club received a sliver of good news regarding Drew Talbot. The infection that forced his operation to be postponed has cleared up quicker than expected and the full-back will be under the surgeon’s knife in the next few days, though after that there’s a 12 week recovery period.
Ritchie Humphreys’ knee injury is improving day by day but he’s still a couple of weeks away from a potential recall.
The absence of any competitive action will also enable the manager to maximize his time on the telephone as he tries to add quality bodies to his squad ahead of the month end permanent transfer window closing.
After two blanks in front of goal and the match before seeing both goals coming from the penalty spot, top of the list is a striker though a central defender, preferably left-sided, to fill the gap created by Liam Cooper’s move to Leeds United, can’t be far behind.
Cook said last week he’s enquired about ‘hundreds of players’ and though he’s always said he only want players who are good enough to force their way into the first eleven, with the clock ticking away rapidly, he may be forced to recruit players to strengthen his bench or even wait for the loan window to reopen soon after the permanent one closes.
Spireites travel to Micky Adams’ Port Vale this weekend, venue of a fantastic 2-0 winning performance early in Cook’s time at the Proact Stadium, so he’ll be looking for a repeat of that display.