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

Marc Richards heads the Spireites attack against Fleetwood by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Fleetwood JPT
Marc Richards heads the Spireites attack against Fleetwood by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Fleetwood JPT

Rumours about biting allegations at Chesterfield ... plus today’s football gossip and back pages:

Torquay United are under investigation over an alleged Luis Suarez-type biting incident in Saturday’s defeat at League Two leaders Chesterfield. Full story: DailyMail

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook dedicated the success of reaching Wembley to the hard working staff at the club. Full story: DerbyshireTimes

Chesterfield skipper Ian Evatt has said the players will not be distracted from their promotion push after reaching the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Full story: BBC

Matt Bloomfield says there is no reason why the Wanderers can’t turn the form-book on its head and secure a win against leaders Chesterfield on Saturday. Full story: WycombeWanderers

Conor Coady’s first-half strike helped Sheffield United sink Gillingham at the Priestfield as the Blades climbed out of the League One relegation zone. Full story: DailyMail

Conor Coady scored his second goal in four days as Sheffield United won away from home in League One for the first time since November 23. Full story: YorkshirePost

Nigel Clough last night indicated that Sheffield United are close to renewing Conor Coady’s loan from Liverpool after watching him score the only goal at Priestfield Stadium. Full story: TheStar

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray concedes his side are suffering “a blip” in form but is confident they will regroup quickly. Full story: TheStar

Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, envies the strong, healthy squad Steve McClaren, his counterpart at Derby County, has at his disposal. Full story: TheStar

HEAD of football operations Chris Evans has been in Argentina as Derby County look to cast their recruitment net far and wide. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

STEVE McClaren was so impressed by Dutch goalkeeper Kelle Roos he told the 21-year-old: “Don’t leave this training ground until you sign.” Full story: DerbyTelegraph

And nationally: TONI KROOS showed Manchester United what they are missing on Wednesday night as his stunning strike helped condemn ten-man Arsenal to a 2-0 defeat in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie against Bayern Munich at the Emirates. Chelsea’s top transfer target Diego Costa grabbed a late winner to give Atletico Madrid a precious advantage in the Champions League last-16 tie. Manuel Pellegrini could be charged by Uefa for his outburst against the referee Jonas Eriksson, with the governing body waiting for the report from the official and its match delegate after Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday. Felix Magath accuses sacked coach Rene Meulensteen of ‘destabilising’ Fulham with his tactics and having no clear structure.