After making a bright start to his loan spell at Accrington Stanley, Spireites goalkeeper Aaron Chapman picked up an ankle injury and has returned to Chesterfield.
After consecutive clean sheets, the luckless stopper sustained the injury while trying to make a save in Stanley's match at home to Dagenham & Redbridge last month, and Chapman described how his rehabilitation is going.
He said: "It's getting better, day by day. I just need to get my rehab done and hopefully I'll be back as soon as possible.
"I've got to have an operation done, it's just a matter of when I get it done. If I have it now I'll be out for 8-12 weeks, or I can wait until after the season so I'm back for pre-season next year.
"It's a case of whatever the medical staff here feel is right.
"The doctor says that the ligament is at 20% of what it should be, so there's always a chance of going over on it and making it worse, which is what I did. It needs doing sooner or later."
Having had scans and tests on his ankle, the Chesterfield medical team are continuing to monitor the injury before deciding the best path forward for the 24 year-old.
It's not the first setback for Chapman, who's hardly had the rub of the green in his short professional career.
He said: "It's Sod's law that it happened, and that's injuries in football. Even if it hadn't been my ankle probably something else would have gone wrong.
"Whenever you're playing you're enjoying it, so as soon as I get back fit hopefully I'll get playing again."
However, Chapman says he's feeling optimistic, for now at least.
He said: "It's still early in the rehab, ask me again in five weeks and I'll probably be on a downer, because it has its ups and downs, but I'm feeling positive at the minute."