Headache for Spireites boss

Chesterfield: Spireites news, reports and more.
Chesterfield: Spireites news, reports and more.

JOHN Sheridan faces up to a selection headache as he searches for the winning formula at Huddersfield Town this afternoon after a dozen winless games in League One.

The Terriers, who have picked up just one point from their last three games after being unbeaten in over a year in League games, will be without skipper Peter Clarke.

Central defender Clarke picked up his fifth booking in the terrific 4-4 draw at Hillsborough last time out and is suspended. Striker Alan Lee, a former Ipswich Town team-mate of Spireites’ new signing Jimmy Juan, is available after his own ban.

In-form striker Jordan Rhodes, who scored four of his seasonal tally of 19 goals against Sheffield Wednesday, was a youngster at Portman Road when Juan played there in 2005-06.

Full-back Jack Hunt will also be looking forward to the game against the side that gave him his league debut last season.

No serious injuries were reported after the 1-1 draw with Walsall, though scorer Jack Lester was charged with - and subsequently banned for three games - for an off-the-ball incident that was spotted on video.

Defender Gregor Robertson came through an hour in the reserves last Monday and is an outside contender for a start in Chesterfield’s profligate defence.

Juan too has a chance of a start as a midfielder. Dwayne Mattis, a fringe player this term, will be desperate to play against his home town and former club and he could be a contender for a midfield slot as the manager seeks the line up that reduces pressure on his back line.

Nathan Smith has recovered from his hamstring strain and could challenge Scott Griffiths for the left back spot whilst attacking players Jordan Bowery and Tope Obadeyi, subs ahead of Lester’s goal against Walsall, will also be hopeful of a recall.

The Spireites have picked up points in each of their last three visits to the Galpharm Stadium.