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Injury Update Ahead of Chairboys Cup Tie

2 December 2016

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The Spireites may be back to winning ways but are still battling against a long injury list ahead of their return to the FA Cup against Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow.

Let's start with the good news, after a full week of training midfielder Jon Nolan and striker Ched Evans are back in contention from the off in Saturday's second round tie.

Manager Danny Wilson gave his feedback: "It's getting better slowly but surely and we've had one or two back this week. Ched's had a full week, hopefully after another full week next week and we should be seeing the best of him with his match-fitness back again."

There's also positive progress for long-term injury victim Angel Martinez, and while he has now returned to the training ground, he's still expected to be some weeks away from a match return.

"Angel had his first training session on Thursday with the rest of the group and that's been fantastic for everybody," said Wilson. "The main things from Angel's point of view is first of all to have the confidence to get out there on the training field.

"Anterior cruciate ligaments are a long job and he did have one or two other problems on the way, otherwise he'd have been back a long time ago because his knee's very solid and very strong.

"It won't be a rush job, we can't rush him as he needs to take his time, but it's good to have him back on the training ground."

For goalkeeper Tommy Lee there has been a slight setback, with the Spireites number one requiring another small procedure on his shoulder injury before he ramps up his first-team return.

"He's going in for an endoscope again on Saturday with the specialist, just to see if there's anything untoward going on in there. Hopefully there's nothing there, but because it's an intrusion in there it's going to be at least another four weeks before he gets back training again," commented Wilson.

Finally, Wilson commented on Liam Graham's news that the full-back will miss the rest of the season with an ACL rupture suffered while on international duty with New Zealand.

"For a young lad to suffer that kind of injury is heartbreaking," said Wilson. "The one thing I'd say about Liam is that he's had one before and he's come back from it, he's not just come back from it but he's made his league debut.

"One of those a few years ago was a career-ending injury, nowadays it's not. It's a run-of-the-mill injury that the specialists are really on top of, though immediately it's very disappointing from his point of view."

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