Spireites: Dean Saunders facing selection dilema for Chesterfield’s trip to Coventry City

Chesterfield vs Colchester - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Colchester - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson

Spireites manager Dean Saunders will be hoping his medical and fitness teams come up trumps this week.

During the weekend 3-3 draw at home to Colchester United, Chesterfield were without the short term injured Sam Hird (ribs), Liam O’Neil (knee) and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (hamstring).

In addition new signing Chris Herd hasn’t played this season having been released by Aston Villa and will be lacking sharpness.

No new injuries were picked up on Saturday, though Drew Talbot’s 15th minute red card, unless appealed, will see him missing for the tricky trip to Coventry City in four days’ time.

Saunders will be relying on Rodger Wylde’s treatment room work and Mal Purchase’s fitness regime will allow him to have all four to consider for selection at the Ricoh Arena.

The manager has already indicated Ebanks-Blake, further issues apart, will be fit whilst Herd should be available, whether for the full 90 minutes remains to be seen, making Hird and O’Neil the toughest challenges for the backroom boys.

Two players were given their career League debuts as subs against Colchester; West Brom loanee Jack Fitzwater, 17, came on soon after Talbot’s dismissal at right back whilst Dion Donohue, who was ready to come on just before Chesterfield took a 62nd minute lead, then had to wait until the 87th minute to get his first taste of action at this level after his summer recruitment from Sutton Coldfield Town.

Chesterfield, who’ve seen five points step through their fingers in the last two games, sit just two points behind Tony Mowbray’s fourth placed Coventry, who lost 1-0 at Scunthorpe United at the weekend. City, who have picked up seven points from their three home games this season, haven’t lost a home game against Spireites since 1948 during Chesterfield’s last spell in tier two of the League.