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Wylde Assesses the Injured Spireites

28 November 2014

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Club physio Rodger Wylde assesses the injured players among the Spireites squad and gives details about their recoveries.

Long-serving defender Drew Talbot has been on the injury list the longest and had a small setback this week as he continues his rehabilitation from a major groin injury.

Wylde said: "Drew was scheduled to play in the practice match against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday but suffered a little step back in training on Monday. 

"He went to block a shot but stretched his left leg too far and felt a sharp pain in his groin and wasn't happy with it. 

"We then made an appointment with a specialist for an MRI scan and there was a signal that indicated bleeding. However, once the specialist investigated he thought that there was just a small adductor strain. 

"That means we've just got to take a couple of steps back and take it easy for a week then we will start making progress. Drew is disappointed but things like this happen, so we're not as pessimistic as we were in training on Monday"

Fellow defender Sam Hird has been absent since picking up a knee injury at Port Vale earlier in the season, but is close to a return having returned to first team training.

Wylde explained: "Sam got to the same fitness level as Drew on Monday and he played the game on Tuesday and was extremely happy, he is now back in full training."

Goalkeeper Aaron Chapman has been in a plaster cast all week having had an operation on his injured ankle, and Wylde talked through the decision process. 

He said: "Aaron has a genetic condition in both of his ankles that makes the ligaments not as strong as they should be. That increases the risk of him turning over an ankle during a game.

"Playing for Accrington that's what happened so we decided to operate on his injured right ankle, which should resolve the problem. 

"He'll be in plaster for four weeks and then when he's walking again we'll decide whether we should operate and strengthen his other ankle now or whether we should wait until the summer to do it." 

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