FRIDAY FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Chesterfield Spireites, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Derby County


Spireites are feeling positive for this weekend ... plus today’s back pages and football rumours:

Speaking ahead of Chesterfield’s Sky Bet League 2 trip to Accrington Stanley on Saturday, Spireites boss Paul Cook was feeling positive about his return to the Crown Ground. Full story: CFC

Keiron Freeman has revealed he “jumped at the chance” of working with Nigel Clough after learning the Sheffield United manager wanted to sign him from Derby County. Full story: TheStar

Ben Davies has played these glamorous FA Cup encounters many times before. Full story: TheStar

Stuart Gray has told his players that they face a formidable threat to their nine-match unbeaten away run tomorrow though opponents Yeovil are next to bottom of the table. Full story: TheStar

Wednesday were fined £10,000 for the bust-up at Millwall - but the Lions are awaiting the outcome of an appeal. Full story: TheStar

KEY midfielder Craig Bryson is ready to face Millwall tomorrow, says Derby County head coach Steve McClaren. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

DERBY County head coach Steve McClaren felt it would have been too much of a risk to start Craig Bryson and Jamie Ward against Burnley. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

And nationally: Jack Wilshere has cracked a bone in his left foot and will be out for at least six weeks. The Arsenal midfielder suffered the hairline fracture after just 11 minutes of England’s victory over Denmark last night - but he was not substituted until the 59th minute. Nicolas Anelka made a second ‘quenelle’ gesture during the now notorious game between West Brom and West Ham United last December, it was revealed today. BELGIUM coach Marc Wilmots has weighed in on the feud between Chelsea’s on loan keeper Thibaut Courtois and Simon Mignolet by posting a birthday message on the Liverpool stopper’s Twitter feed. Liverpool are hopeful of striking a deal for Marseille teenage prospect Maxime Lopez in the summer despite ongoing interest from Arsenal. Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has admitted a charge of misconduct from the FA for his headbutt on Hull City’s David Meyler. The true cost of Queens Park Rangers’ desperate attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League has been laid bare after they confirmed losses of £65.4 million last season.