Spireites trio doubtful ahead of Notts County clash

James Coppinger attempt to disposses Sam Morsy Pic by: James Williamson
James Coppinger attempt to disposses Sam Morsy Pic by: James Williamson

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook is sweating on the fitness of Sam Morsy ahead of Saturday’s clash at the Proact Stadium against Notts County.

Midfielder Morsy picked up a hamstring injury in last Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Doncaster Rovers and was substituted after 22 minutes at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Gary Roberts and Dan Jones also missed the game with hamstring injuries and they are in a race to be fit in time to face the Magpies.

On loan defender Georg Margreitter is likely to be back in contention after he sustained a concussion in the 3-3 draw against Preston North End. Sam Hird (knee) and Drew Talbot (groin) remain the only long-term absentees.

Charlie Raglan and Ritchie Humphreys slotted in to the Spireites back four against Doncaster, while Ollie Banks replaced Morsy.

This Saturday’s clash sees free-scoring Chesterfield come up against League One’s tightest defence so far in Notts County, who have let in just six goals from eight games.

The Spireites have conceded 11 from the same number, but it is at the other end of the pitch where the Blues have had most joy - netting almost two a game on average (15).

Notts, in comparison, have struggled, finding the back of the net just seven times.

“We pride ourselves on the defensive work,” said Notts boss Shaun Derry after a goalless draw at home to Oldham Athletic. “You’re hoping for a little bit upfront and we didn’t get that, but I’m not putting the blame on them because it could have been quite easily a centre-half who rose and scored a header for us and everyone would have took it.”

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