Chesterfield have been dealt an injury blow ahead of their semi-final tie against Preston in the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy with the news that midfielder Mark Randall could be out for up to six weeks after breaking a bone in his left hand.
Randall suffered the injury whilst playing for the reserves in a Central League Cup fixture against Port Vale last Tuesday. The 22-year-old will undergo an operation this week.
Manager John Sheridan will also be without defender Jonathan Grounds and midfielder Lee Johnson after they returned to Middlesbrough and Bristol City respectively following the end of their loan spells at the b2net Stadium. However, Derek Niven is available after the midfielder returned from his loan spell at Northampton.
Veteran striker Jack Lester is likely to be involved again after he made his comeback from almost three months out with a broken arm with a late substitute appearance during the home defeat to rivals Sheffield United nine days ago.
That was the last time the Spireites were in action, having gone out of the FA Cup at the first-round stage. Full-back Scott Griffiths made his second debut for the club against the Blades after returning on loan from Peterborough and he is likely to keep his place in the side at Deepdale.
Preston won the League One fixture between the two sides at the B2net Stadium 2-0 in August.