Chesterfield: Clean bill of health as Wilson closes on new defender for Spireites

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All the Chesterfield players who were in the squad that beat Shrewsbury Town 7-1 last weekend are fit to travel to Rochdale tomorrow.

Boss Danny Wilson has to wait on Drew Talbot who has recovered from his hamstring injury but has suffered from food poisoning this week.

Rai Simons

Rai Simons

Ollie Banks has recovered from a stomach upset that caused him to miss the game last week plus the midweek reserves match, while Ian Evatt (ankle) is recovering faster than expected and could be available for next week’s trip to Wigan Athletic.

One man not available is back-up keeper Alex Cairns who has left the club after his six-month deal expired and is set to join Rotherham United.

Chesterfield’s boss is unlikely to tinker too much with his starting 11, although two-goal substitute Rai Simons will be hoping he did enough to be considered for a start.

No new faces are expected ahead of the weekend.

Wilson hopes to sign on a central defender next week and isn’t looking to reduce his squad.

“I know of no approaches for Sam Morsy and I’m under no pressure to sell. I’m hoping to be able to sort something out with Chris Herd who is out of contract this month,” he said.

“As for Armand Gnanduillet, unless we hear from a club wanting to sign him before the weekend, he’ll be back here next week and we’ll see what happens from there.

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“I’ve not seen much of him, but Byron Harrison has impressed in training and the reserves so if an offer does come in that may make my decision a little easier.”

Keith Hill’s Dale have picked up seven points from their last three games, including last week’s superb 3-0 win at Walsall.

Wilson said: “They’ll be a tough nut to crack. Keith has ensured they have a great home record and they’ll be confident after that win at Walsall.

“But we’re going there to win. I wouldn’t take a 0-0 draw, we want all three points.”