Chesterfield: Jones blow for high-flying Spireites

Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones

Spireites look set to be without left-back Dan Jones for tomorrow’s trip to Doncaster Rovers.

The former Owls defender pulled up in the first half of Tuesday’s comeback draw at Preston with a hamstring problem. He was off the field receiving treatment and Ritchie Humphreys was warming up to come on as a replacement. However Spireites went 3-0 down at that point so Paul Cook changed his plans and brought on Jay O’Shea instead, pushing Sam Clucas back in a brave move that clearly had the desired effect.

Humphreys looks likely to get the nod for the trip up the M18 with Clucas restored to his wide left position. That could mean a return to the bench for O’Shea who was extremely influential when he came on, assisting the first of Eoin Doyle’s hat-trick goals.

Austrian centre back Georg Margreitter was also subbed due to injury at Deepdale, but he’ll almost certainly be able to continue after cutting his head.

Humphreys apart, Cook is expected to select the remaining ten starters which will see Ollie Banks and Armand Gnanduillet remain on the bench.

Dan Gardner could be involved in the matchday squad after recovering from his hernia operation but Gary Roberts (hamstring), Drew Talbot (groin) and ex-Doncaster Rovers man Sam Hird (knee) will all be missing.

That means the inform pair of Daniel Johnson and Doyle will continue. Irishman Doyle, 11 goals this season including hat-tricks in the last two outings, has been linking up well with the 21-year-old Villa loanee.

Johnson has provided the team with three assists in the last two games, two for Doyle and one for Sam Morsy but it’s his link up play with the country’s leading scorer that’s caught the eye. There seems to be a particularly good understanding between the two men.