Spireites boss John Sheridan revealed he was delighted to have defender Neal Trotman back at his disposal, as the former Rochdale centre-back completed 45 minutes in his comeback from injury at the Impact Arena.
The 25-year-old has established himself as a firm fans’ favourite since his arrival from Spotland in January earlier this year but has been sidelined so far this pre-season after suffering knee ligament damage at the back end of the last campaign.
And following the arrival of newly appointed skipper Sam Hird and Terrell Forbes, Trotman’s return on Friday evening was a welcome boost for the manager.
“I’m pleased with Neal Trotman coming back,” revealed Sheridan.
“It was his first game for a while and it was probably a bit earlier than I thought but it won’t do him any harm getting back in the action.
“They gave us a good test, which I wanted and I’ve given everyone a run out.”
Left-back Nathan Smith and the talismanic Jack Lester are still yet to return for the Spireites but Sheridan insists that both are likely to feature in the League Two side’s remaining pre-season games.
Sheridan’s troops will be aiming to impress against Championship opposition in the form of Huddersfield Town and Derby County, as they prepare to stake a claim for a starting place in the Capital One Cup clash with Tranmere Rovers on August 14 and he anticipates that his starting line-up will start to take shape over the next seven days.
“Nathan’s had an injection, so hopefully he will feature next week. Jack has had a bit of a problem with his back, so he will probably figure next week too,” he said.
“I haven’t got that many players to choose from, I just want players that want to be playing in the first game. If they impress me, it doesn’t matter who I’ve signed, hopefully I’ll choose the team that will get us off to a good start.
“One or two of the young kids might be on the bench. It’s a big step up playing first-team football. I’ve played and managed teams that have won every game in pre-season and got off to a poor start, so the most important thing in my eyes is keeping everyone fit.”
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