Football - Duo out of Spireites opener

Central defenders Liam Cooper and Ian Evatt will miss Chesterfield's opening game of the season at Bury.

PA Sport Report

Cooper has a side strain and summer signing Evatt, who will replace Cooper as captain when he is fully fit, is still short of match fitness following a lengthy absence with a knee injury. Sam Hird along with new recruits Ryan Edwards and Matty Brown are in contention to fill the centre-back void.

Jimmy Ryan is struggling with a calf injury sustained in Saturday's 1-1 friendly draw with Sheffield Wednesday but fellow midfielders Sam Morsy (ankle) and Jay O'Shea (illness) are expected to be fit.

Left-back Nathan Smith is continuing to work his way back to fitness following an ankle injury.

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