Liam Graham is making good progress as he recovers from injury.
The New Zealand international, who hasn't featured for the Spireites since early November, recently returned to England after starting his rehabilitation abroad.
Since having an ACL reconstruction on November 30, Graham has been in Dubai. “Luckily, my parents live there so it was a good excuse to get away and refresh my head,” he explained. “I did my first cruciate rehab there so I knew the people.
“I think that’s helped speed up the process and I’ll finish off over the course of the season. You’ve got to make the best out of a horrible situation and I did my best, spending a lot of time at the gym.”
Graham has set a target for his return to fitness. He said: “The start of May - the week after the last week of the season - would be a good objective to have.
“I started running about three weeks ago and it’s really progressed so I can comfortably run around. It’s about building that up and building back the muscle in my left leg because it deteriorated.
“I’ll start doing some sprints and jumping and hopefully start training again.”
The 24-year-old is philosophical as he reflects on the setback which has halted his career at a time when he was being to make his mark for both club and country. “It’s so frustrating because of the fact I’d broken into the team and the national team was and doing pretty well, but what can you do?”