Defender Liam Graham is the latest Spireites player to fall to a long-term injury after a scanned revealed the full-back has a ruptured ACL in his knee.
The 24-year-old picked up the injury while on international duty with New Zealand in a match against New Caledonia, and will now spend six months on the sidelines with the injury.
Rodger Wylde, physio with the Spireites, explained more about the injury: "While playing for New Zealand two weeks ago he jumped to head a ball, landed and twisted, immediately feeling pain in his left knee. He carried on for a few minutes but was then brought off and assessed out there.
"Initially the New Zealand physio team thought it was an issue with the meniscus and when he arrived back I agreed but felt more laxity then I would expect in the joint at the ACL.
"Liam was sent for a scan and that revealed a ruptured ACL and an effected meniscus. We sought the advice of a specialist in London and he agreed, now Liam will be having a reconstruction at some point this week.
"The prognosis is six months for his recovery, which is really unfortunate for him with his first-team and international career now starting to take off."