Chesterfield midfielder Joe Rowley needs to 'train harder', says boss James Rowe

Joe Rowley needs to ‘train harder’, says Spireites manager James Rowe.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 2:45 pm

The 21-year-old has been out for the last five weeks with a hamstring injury he suffered against Boreham Wood in January.

The midfielder is back in full training and and travelled with the squad to Maidenhead United on Saturday for some extra fitness work but did not make the bench.

“Joe provides attacking play, for sure, that other players in the squad can’t provide or other squads in the division,” the Blues boss explained.

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Joe Rowley is close to returning from injury.

“He can go both ways when he drives with the ball. He can stop-start probably better than anyone I have seen at this level.

“It is just the other side now. He needs to train harder, he needs to train more consistently, he needs to do more work on the physical side in the gym.

“We need to develop him and hopefully the work he has been doing off the field with the injury, because he has still been able to progress in other areas while he has been injured, hopefully that will show when he comes back into the fold.”

Meanwhile, Rowe has praised the positive impact Haydn Hollis and Will Evans have been having on the squad despite not being involved in the starting line-up in the last two matches.

On Hollis, who has not even made the squad recently, Rowe said: “His traininjg has been first class, the way he has supported players who have come in in his position has been outstanding, so we are really getting a great team ethic.”