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TEAM NEWS: Cheltenham Town

2 January 2014

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Chesterfield team news ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 clash with Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road on Saturday.

Following a Christmas period that has been disrupted with a number of injuries to first team regulars, Chesterfield head into Saturday's game against the Robins with a close to fully fit squad. 

Marc Richards, Gary Roberts and Sam Morsy have been given the all clear ahead of this weekend's game and are likely to feature. Spireites manager Paul Cook spoke about the encouraging team news. 

“I’d expect Marc Richards, Sam Morsy and Gary Roberts to be available and I’d expect two out of the three to start the game," explained the gaffer before adding: “They just need hours on the pitch, Samy obviously more so than the other two.

“We’ve been playing football again this morning, as competitively as we can. Getting them that little bit of sharpness and the football that they need.”

After playing every minute of Chesterfield's competitive season until the game against Plymouth Argyle in mid-December, Jimmy Ryan has been forced to miss the last four matches as a result of the shoulder injury he picked up against Oldham Athletic in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. 

But the midfielder is close to making a return to first team action and is a possibility for the Cheltenham game. Cook Said: “We’re very hopeful Jimmy Ryan will be fit for Saturday as well, he’s seeing a specialist tomorrow. Hopefully the specialist gives him the all clear to play.

“He’s been keeping his fitness up daily so we could go down there with Jimmy Ryan, Sam Morsy, Gary Roberts and Marc Richards in the squad on Saturday.”

Sam Hird and Ian Evatt were both due to miss the Spireites' game against Northampton Town on New Year's Day through suspension. But because Wednesday's fixture was postponed, the central defenders' suspensions have been pushed and will instead be served against Cheltenham Town this weekend. 

“The next week then we’ll be over Sam Hird and Ian Evatt’s suspensions so we could go into the Bury game with a fully fit squad and that would be a great day for me," explained the Liverpudlian. 

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