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Update from the Treatment Room

16 February 2015

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With another hard game taking place on Saturday, head of sports science and medicine Rodger Wylde assessed the current injury state of the Spireites' squad.

After picking up a head injury late in the game on Saturday skipper Ian Evatt looks set to miss the game against Scunthorpe United on Tuesday, and Wylde explained the defender's injury.

He said: “Ian Evatt suffered a head injury and he was unconscious but eventually came round. He was out for about 30 seconds so we’ve classified him as having concussion and we've treated it as such.

“He went to Nothern General Hospital on Saturday night and had a CT scan which came back all clear. We have to follow the assessment tools and we then stress him with different types of training to see what he’s capable of doing. 

"If he progresses through his training in the next couple of days then he should be available for Rochdale.”

Gary Roberts is also on the pyshio table but is closing in on a return to action after recovering from a hamstring strain picked up at Swindon Town in January.

Wylde said: “Robbo is in the final stage of his rehabilitation. Now he’s sprinting, kicking, twisting, turning, doing lots of strength work and there’s no reaction, it’s just the normal stress of working hard.

“He has been prone to getting hamstring problems so we’ve done a lot of stretches. I don’t think he’s been an addictive stretcher in his career so we’ve been working on stretching and strain and control - and that’s as much as you can do as a prevention. 

"I think he’s now realised that as he’s gotten older he’s got to do more.

“We’re aiming for a return for Robbo at Rochdale. Whether he’s ready for that or not, well that would come from him. He’ll tell us how he feels by the end of the week because at this point you can’t find anything wrong with him so it’ll have to come from him and his training and whether he feels that he’s right.”

Wylde also revealed the extent of the injury to Dan Gardner who picked up a knock on his ankle and Sam Clucas who had a minor problem with his knee.

“Dan picked up an ankle injury,” he said. “It was purely his ligament, but the way he was tackled, from a bad challenge, he’s damaged the inside which is quite unusual. 

"The inside damage was worse than the outside but he’s back running now and doing step work. We’re probably looking at the week after this one for him to be back training.

“Sam Clucas's injury was a strange one. He came to me complaining of knee pain before training on Friday so we kept him out of training and reassessed him again later that day.

"We then reassessed him on Saturday morning, he passed a fitness test and the played the game with no reaction, sometimes that can happen.”

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