Chesterfield manager Jack Lester has confirmed that the injury sustained by midfielder Robbie Weir, is not as serious as first thought.
The Spireites skipper was withdrawn in the first half of last week’s 2-1 victory over Swindon Town, and it was feared that the Northern Irishman would miss the remainder of the campaign.
“He’s had scan and it’s part of his knee ligaments that he’s injured,” Lester said. “He’ll be out for about four weeks, so it’s not as bad as we first feared.
“We’re disappointed to lose him, but it reminded me of when I did my ACL, so a lot of pain initially but it subsided.
“I was concerned that we were going to lose him for the season, we didn’t want to lose another captain."
The postponement of tomorrow’s scheduled match with Exeter City, will prove beneficial to several of Weir’s team mates, with the likes of midfielder Giles Coke and defenders Brad Barry and George Smith having being nursing knocks in recent weeks.
“That’s a positive, we’ve got one or two who are very close, so the extra week won’t do us any harm," the manager explained.
"Giles’ all trained week and we’ve had a really good week from him, that’ll continue next week, Brad picked up a bit of a groin injury but we may have risked him (at Exeter).
“George trained last week and we’ve got another week into him, we’ll try to get a practice match in for Sunday – if we can get the pitch cleared – so it’s all looking good.”
Lester’s men trained from Monday to Wednesday this week as well as earlier today on the Proact pitch. They’ll do so again on Sunday, as they step up their preparations for next Saturday’s visit of Lincoln City, 3pm.
The mood in the Spireites camp is a buoyant one following the triumph over the Robins, a result which will see Town go into the game with the Imps with renewed confidence.
“The ground staff came in and cleared a third of the pitch off, so we could get some good work into them today,” Lester added.
“It’s been very positive, I said before the Swindon game that I felt the place had a good feel about it.
“We’re getting one or two experienced lads back off the treatment table and there’s a good spirit amongst the lads.”