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Smith Pleased To Be Back

24 October 2012

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Chesterfield left-back Nathan Smith revealed his delight at finally making his return from an ankle injury, which has kept him out of action since the Spireites' 1-1 draw with local rivals Rotherham United.

The 25-year-old defender made his return in the reserves' 3-2 win against Hull City last week, before coming off the bench at St James Park in Chesterfield's 1-0 over Exeter City. 

He continued his rehabilitation following injury with another substitute appearance in the 2-1 defeat to Fleetwood Town last night and insists he is delighted to finally be back in action.

"It's nice to be back," he revealed to the media team after the game.

"It's been annoying being out injured. It's [ankle] not feeling too bad, i'm still on my strengthening programme so hopefully I don't get any problems now.

"I basically had a bone digging into me that they had to shave down, so hopefully it's all sorted. I was getting problems last year and it was ongoing. When it flared back up it was really restricting me so they had to have a look.

"Losing a game is never nice, especially in the last few minutes but it's on to the next one. Barnet is  just another game, one that we need to win."

The Spireites found themselves within a point of the League Two play-off places following their win against Paul Tisdale's side, but aft suffering defeat against the Cod Army they remain in 13th place, three points adrift of local rivals Rotherham United.

The Jamaican international is aware that a string of results will push Chesterfield up the table and as well as keeping the goals out, he revealed he is hoping he can score a couple at the other end to silence his flat-mate Terrell Forbes.

"Two wins on the bounce and we'll be up there," he added. 

"Whenever Tommy gives me the go ahead, i'll be ready. Obviously i've been out for a long time so i'm not going to get frustrated. I was playing through the injury, so I didn't think I was played as well as I could do and hopefully I can rectify that. 

"I 100 per cent need to [get a goal this season]. Forbsey has got one already so that's not a good look for me. Forget Hirdy, it's me and Forbesy because we live together!"

You can watch Nathan's interview in full, exclusively on Spireites Player.

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