Chesterfield v Southend preview

Date published: Friday 6th December 2013 11:54

The Spireites will be without the suspended Liam Cooper when they host the Shrimpers in the FA Cup.

Cooper was sent off in a controversial penalty incident in the league loss at Newport last weekend and will miss the second-round tie against the Shrimpers as he serves a one-match ban. His absence could see Sam Hird return to the centre of defence alongside Ian Evatt.

Callum McFadzean, on loan from Sheffield United, is eligible to play but will not be available when the Spireites travel to Oldham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.

Ritchie Humphreys should also come back into the squad after missing the trip to Newport after his daughter was admitted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital following an accident.

Southend, meanwhile, look set to have Freddy Eastwood and Barry Corr available for their FA Cup second-round trip to Chesterfield.

Eastwood returned to training this week following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury while fellow striker Corr has overcome a slight ankle problem sustained in last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Cheltenham.

Midfielder Will Atkinson completes a one-match suspension having collected his fifth booking of the season against the Robins, joining Cauley Woodrow on the sidelines as he serves the second game of his three-match ban.

Midfielder Ryan Leonard is closing in on his return from a hamstring injury but the game comes too soon.

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Date published: Friday 23rd August 2013 11:00

Gary Roberts is an injury doubt for the Spireites ahead of this weekend’s home fixture.

Roberts has been struggling with a heel problem and the playmaker has not trained this week.

Matty Brown will miss out after sustaining a hamstring injury while fellow central defender Ian Evatt continues to build up his match fitness following a lengthy spell out after knee surgery.

Evatt, who will be captain when he regains fitness, got 70 minutes under his belt in a practice match this week and is scheduled for another run out against Sheffield Wednesday next week.

The Shrimpers will be without midfielder Marc Laird for the trip to the west Midlands.

Laird has been ruled out for between six to eight weeks after damaging medial ligaments during last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Northampton, joining long-term absentee Julian Bennett (knee) on the sidelines.

However, fellow midfielder Kevan Hurst hopes to be back in contention having played 90 minutes in a midweek friendly after overcoming a knee injury.

Defender Mark Phillips missed out against the Cobblers last weekend with a slight groin strain and will again be assessed.

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Chesterfield v Southend preview

Date published: Friday 25th January 2013 10:50

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook will name an unchanged side.

Cook said last week ahead of the trip to Torquay that he would stick with the players that started the 3-0 home win over Northampton.

With the game in Devon postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the Blues boss has reiterated that stance.

“Nothing has changed, it will be an unchanged team – the same team that beat Northampton,” said Cook.

“As I said before, I think they have earned the right to go again. So it will be the Northampton team but with a stronger bench.”

Among the substitutes could be teenage right-back Richard Brindley and Ivorian striker Armand Gnanduillet.

Former Norwich trainee Brindley arrived from Chelmsford last week on a deal until the end of the season while out-of-contract Gnanduillet this week signed for the same length of time.

With Drew Talbot absent due to a broken toe, skipper Sam Hird moved over to right-back against Northampton and transfer-listed defender Neal Trotman was highly impressive in his first appearance since the 2-1 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge in mid-October.

Southend boss Paul Sturrock will leave his team selection as late as possible with three key players hoping to be back in contention.

Winger Kevan Hurst suffered a recurrence of a back problem in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Brentford last Tuesday and expects to be okay to face his hometown club having returned to full training.

Centre-back Ryan Cresswell sustained a shoulder injury in the same game and is hopeful of being passed fit but had still not trained on Thursday.

Midfielder Marc Laird has missed out of late with a pulled hamstring but he is also keen to be involved against the Spireites, with the clash coming after last weekend’s home encounter against Plymouth was postponed.

Sturrock will also run the rule over striker Britt Assombalonga as he continues his recovery from troublesome ankle and shin problems.

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Date published: Friday 8th October 2010 1:11

Dean Morgan is a doubt for Chesterfield’s clash with Southend.

A groin injury forced the forward off midway through the second half of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek and he will be assessed.

Dwayne Mattis dropped back to centre-half again at Hillsborough but it remains to be seen whether he will stay in that position.

The midfielder could revert back to his usual role with Robert Page available again. Ian Breckin is another option at the back for boss John Sheridan.

Mark Allott could come back into the reckoning after a hamstring problem, while fellow midfielder Craig Clay will hope to make his first start for the club.

Ian Morris, an unused substitute against Crewe and Sheffield Wednesday, could get a run out after being sidelined since the opening day of the season.

Southend manager Paul Sturrock could include new loan signing Waide Fairhurst in his starting line-up at Chesterfield.

Fairhurst has joined the Shrimpers on a one-month loan deal from Doncaster and could step straight in as cover for strikers Barry Corr and Blair Sturrock, who both missed Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Barnet.

Sturrock junior is struggling with a lower back problem, while Irishman Corr has sustained a gluteus injury.

Matt Paterson, who struck twice at Underhill, Nathaniel Jarvis and Harry Crawford are all vying with Fairhurst for a place in the starting XI.

Bilel Mohsni begins a three-match ban following his dismissal in midweek, which came after a mass melee, so Graham Coughlan could come into central defence.

Sturrock’s men are unbeaten in three League Two games, but come up against a Chesterfield side who are the leading scorers in the division this term.

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