Bury v Chesterfield preview

Date published: Friday 2nd August 2013 11:51

The hosts will kick off their campaign with a new-look side, their squad having been revamped this summer with 17 fresh faces coming in through the door at Gigg Lane.

And Shakers boss Kevin Blackwell is hoping to push that number up to 19 before this weekend’s encounter, revealing he is close to signing Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Danny Mayor and another unnamed player.

Defender Phil Picken will not be available, though, after sustaining another knee injury which is likely to force him to miss a second successive season.

Central defenders Liam Cooper and Ian Evatt will miss the season opener at Bury.

Cooper has a side strain and summer signing Evatt, who will replace the former as captain when he is fully fit, is still short of match fitness following a lengthy absence with a knee injury.

Sam Hird along with new recruits Ryan Edwards and Matty Brown are in contention to fill the centre-back void.

Jimmy Ryan is struggling with a calf injury sustained in Saturday’s 1-1 friendly draw with Sheffield Wednesday but fellow midfielders Sam Morsy (ankle) and Jay O’Shea (illness) are expected to be fit.

Left-back Nathan Smith is continuing to work his way back to fitness following an ankle injury.

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Bury v Chesterfield preview

Date published: Monday 13th February 2012 5:26

Manager Richie Barker will have a full squad to choose from when Bury return to action.

Barker has no injury or suspension worries ahead of the game, which will be the Shakers’ first for a fortnight following postponements against Hartlepool and Carlisle.

On Monday, a group of volunteers descended on Gigg Lane to clear remaining areas of snow from the playing surface and the club are confident the game will go ahead.

David Worrall limped out of Bury’s last game – a 1-1 draw with League One leaders Charlton – but the winger has fully recovered from his ankle knock.

Lenell John-Lewis will be hoping to retain his place in the starting XI after he marked a rare start at the Valley with the opening goal.

Craig Westcarr could return to the Chesterfield squad.

Westcarr has missed the last six matches in all competitions after suffering an ankle injury during the home defeat to Exeter on January 7. The postponement of the visit of League One leaders Charlton on Saturday has increased Westcarr’s chances of being involved and manager John Sheridan could even restore the forward to the starting line-up.

However, he will face competition from new signing Nicky Ajose. The former Manchester United trainee made his debut as a second-half substitute in the defeat at Carlisle nine days ago after arriving on loan from Peterborough for the remainder of the season.

Ajose was part of the Bury squad that won promotion along with Chesterfield last season, scoring 13 goals in 28 appearances during a loan spell at Gigg Lane.

On-loan defender James Hurst and midfielder Mark Allott may also have recovered from knocks they sustained against Carlisle, while French midfielder Jimmy Juan is progressing well as he bids to overcome a calf injury.

Meanwhile, Chesterfield’s home game against Charlton has been rearranged for February 28. The match is on a Tuesday night and will kick-off at 7.45pm.

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Bury v Chesterfield preview

Date published: Monday 14th February 2011 1:49

Bury boss Alan Knill could be without defender Tom Lees for the home clash with leaders Chesterfield.

The centre-back clashed heads with Stockport loanee Matt Paterson in the early stages of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Edgeley Park and was replaced by Ben Futcher after just 17 minutes.

Lees will be assessed ahead of the Spireites’ visit but on-loan Manchester United striker Nicky Ajose faces up to six weeks out with a knee injury.

Knill, meanwhile, is refusing to panic after his side crashed to defeat against lowly County at the weekend.

He said: “On another day we would have scored five and we just have to realise that this happens sometimes and not get too carried away with defeats because I think we are playing pretty well.”

Chesterfield will assess Dwayne Mattis ahead of the trip to Bury.

The midfielder did not reappear for the second half of the defeat to Burton on Friday night due to a sore calf.

Jack Lester missed out at the Pirelli Stadium because of a virus and the veteran striker will also be monitored.

The league leaders are without a win in four matches but boss John Sheridan remains upbeat.

He said: “We will stay positive because we are still top of the league and in a healthy position.

“But we do have to look at ourselves because for the last three or four games our performances haven’t really been there and things aren’t going our way at the moment.”

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