Chesterfield: Spireites’ hope over Dan Jones

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Spireites have no match tomorrow due to Bradford City’s extended involvement in the FA Cup.

Coventry City’s visit to the Proact Stadium a week tomorrow marks Paul Cook’s men’s next involvement in the League One play-off race. By then the manager will be hoping Dan Jones (ankle) will be fit to give him an injury-free squad to select from.

However, Sam Morsy will miss the Coventry and Gillingham home games after picking up his 10th booking of the season in the midweek win at MK Dons.

With Mark Duffy returning to Birmingham City plus Dan Gardner (Tranmere) and Armand Gnanduillet (Oxford) moving out on loan earlier in the week, Cook may well spend some of his time in the next week looking for a new recruit or indeed considering whether to recall Drew Talbot from his loan at Plymouth Argyle.

Talbot, aged 28, has made seven starts in his five weeks at Home Park, indicating he’s back to full match fitness after a torrid 11 months of groin and stomach injuries.

Regarding Gardner, his switch to Rovers is for the same reason as Talbot’s move to the West Country, to get him competitive minutes on the pitch to support his rehabilitation after injury.

However, Gnanduillet’s move to Oxford for the rest of the season could indicate the end of his time with the club.

The French-born striker has made 82 first-team appearances for Chesterfield in his two years at the club, over half of them off the bench.

He has been offered a new deal but has declined to sign it.

Cook’s patience with the big man, whose form has varied from unplayable to unbearable, looks to have run out.

There’ll be a queue of clubs ready to take him on next season if no agreement is reached.