Spireites winger Tendayi Darikwa revealed his delight at returning to first-team action, in spite of his team slipping to a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Cheltenham Town yesterday evening.
The Nottingham-born winger returned from a hernia operation as a second-half substitute at Whaddon Road to make his first appearance since the 1-1 draw with Rochdale at Spotland and is looking forward to re-establishing himself in Paul Cook's starting eleven.
"Obviously we had to get it sorted out quite quickly," Tendayi said about his hernia operation.
"I've just taken it slow and thankfully my body has healed quickly. I started training last week, I was doing light training on Monday and Tuesday and then we stepped it up to ball work.
"Thankfully I was in the squad tonight. They told me to take it slow and if I felt okay to give them a shout.
"I'm back to fitness now, I wouldn't play any other way. I think I could have been better with the final ball but it's good to get back out there and do what I love and that's play football."
Paul Benson's header deep into stoppage time inflicted a sickening defeat on the Spireites, whose play-off hopes are now hanging by a thread after slipping 11 points behind seventh-placed Northampton Town.
The visitors were in command in Gloucestershire, but the former Swindon Town man pounced in the 92nd minute in what was an all too familiar story for Cook's side this season.
"Everyone in the changing room is gutted," he added.
"I think we were the better team over the 90 minutes but this season our luck has been out.
"We had the better opportunities in the game, Tommy didn't have save to make until he had to pick the ball out of the net. It's the story of our season so far."
The Spireites welcome a resurgent Bristol Rovers to Whittington Moor on Saturday and will be hoping to exact revenge after suffering a harsh 3-2 defeat at the Memorial Ground back in November.
"Beat Bristol Rovers on Saturday and then on to the next one. We can't think too far ahead, you've got to take each game as it comes.
"It was one of those days, but we don't want to get wrapped up in the previous game.
"I think we've been very unfortunate in the past couple of weeks. If we can keep playing the way we did tonight, our luck is bound to change.
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