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TEAM NEWS: Exeter City

19 December 2013

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Chesterfield team news ahead of Friday's Sky Bet League 2 fixture against Exeter City at St. James Park.

After picking up a knee injury in the game against Bristol Rovers at the end of October, Sam Morsy is close to making a full return to the first team squad and is likely to appear on the team sheet ahead of Friday night's game.

Speaking ahead of the Spireites' trip to Exeter, Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said: “Morsy will be in the squad tomorrow night but I do feel the game will come a little bit too quick for Samy after the length of time he’s been out.

“I do feel he needs to train another week and get that little bit more about him, bit more sharpness but it’s great to have him back because he’s such a good player.”

Liam Cooper is also likely to travel with the squad as he is close to recovering from the ankle injury he picked up against Oldham Athletic in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie last week.

Marc Richards was forced to leave the Plymouth game at half time after taking a knock to his foot but the striker has featured in training this week and looks likely to start against the Grecians. 

“Marc Richards has now trained again for two days which is good because he seems to have got over the bang on his foot," said the manager.

“It’s great for us because I do feel that we need to get players like Marc a run in the team. Players like Marc need a run of games to really show us what they can do.”

Ollie Banks was a late exclusion from the team that took on Plymouth last Saturday but the young midfielder has trained this week and will travel with the squad to Exeter. Cook said: “At the moment it’s looking good for Ollie. We’ll get him through training this morning, hopefully everything goes well and he should be available for selection tomorrow night.

Gary Roberts was originally set to be out of action for a number of weeks as a result of a hamstring injury picked up in Chesterfield's FA Cup fixture against Southend United but the Spireites boss believes the winger will be back a lot sooner than expected. 

He said: “Gary’s one of the ones who’s getting nearer and nearer to playing. I would think Gary would be back with us by the end of the year for sure.”

Armand Gnanduillet was taken off after just 30 minutes of Chesterfield's game against Plymouth as a result of dislocated shoulder, despite wanting to continue with the match. The injury means that the striker will not feature against the Grecians on Friday night. 

“Armand won’t make the game at all. He dislocated his shoulder but he’s progressing really, really well. We’re hopeful that he’ll be back sooner rather than later," explained the Liverpudlian.

Jimmy Ryan (shoulder) and Aaron Chapman (knee) are also missing the trip to Exeter as a result of their respective injuries. Chapman took a knock to his knee in training earlier this week and stands to be out for three to four weeks. The gaffer said: “Aaron Chapman has injured his patella so he’s going to be out for three weeks so we’re a little bit short if something happens to Tommy Lee tomorrow night.

“We’re hopeful that we can see Jimmy playing sooner rather than later. In the long term he probably needs an operation which is really disappointing because he’s been such a good player for us.

“My big hope is that we give him another week off then we look to integrate him over the Christmas period. If he comes through it well then we can put the operation off until the end of the season. If not then we’ll have to get Jimmy in there and get it done.”

Nathan Smith is still recovering from the ankle injury that has troubled him throughout the 2013/14 campaign but is working hard to make a return. “He’s still not right, he’s not ready yet. He hasn’t joined in training with the first team," explained the 46-year-old.

“He’s doing a lot of work behind the scenes with Shinner and the medical lads so fingers crossed we should see some progression with that one.”

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