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Wylde Gives Spireites Injury Update

22 December 2015

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After a long week with three intense games, head of sports science and medicine Rodger Wylde runs the rule over the injury concerns in the Spireites squad.

Defender Drew Talbot was withdrawn at half time on Saturday during the match with Bradford City after limping off at the break, with Wylde confirming the 29-year-old had suffered a hamstring strain.

Wylde commented: "Drew felt his right hamstring before half time, though only slightly, so we assessed him at half time and the tests were positive for a grade one tear, and that would only get worse if he continued to play.

"Typically that will lead to a two-week absence, which puts him out of the Christmas games.

"It's always a busy time in football and players like to be involved," he said. "Even though sometimes it doesn't look that way. They're professionals and they miss it if they have to sit out."

There were also worries surrounding 'keeper Tommy Lee after he collapsed to the turf before half time. He played the remainder of the match and Wylde is optimistic the ever-present will be okay for the Spireites' next game. 

"Tommy went down feeling his hamstring five minutes before the break. I tested him but was getting only very small signs of a problem.

"He wanted to carry on and we were able to put a hamstring clasp on him which distributed the pressure on that area, where the problem was lying. Second half he was fine and wasn't feeling anything.

"We tested him again after the game and the problem was only very mild, so we're confident he'll be ready to go on Boxing Day."

There is also good news for forward Lee Novak, who missed the game on Saturday.

Wylde explained: "He had picked up a thigh strain towards the end of training on Thursday. It was only a mild one so we rested him on Saturday and hope he'll be back in training in time for the game at Peterborough."

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