Wright receives injury boost

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Tommy Lee is recovering from an injury to his shoulder ligaments
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Tommy Lee is recovering from an injury to his shoulder ligaments

Chesterfield's injured trio of Tommy Lee, Nathan Smith and Marc Richards are ahead of schedule in their recoveries, according to caretaker manager Tommy Wright.

Goalkeeper Lee damaged ligaments in a shoulder after falling awkwardly during the Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory over Oldham on September 4 and it was thought the injury would keep him out for up to eight weeks.

A similar timescale was put on Smith's recovery from an ankle operation after the left-back went under the knife that same week.

Striker Richards suffered an ankle injury in the thrilling 4-3 home league win over Accrington on September 18. Last week scans revealed the damage was not as serious as first thought and the 30-year-old was expected to be unavailable for around a month.

Wright said: "They are all progressing well but we have to be careful with them in case one of them has a setback. But I would say, fingers crossed, they are probably just ahead of schedule.

"We are pleased with their progress but obviously, as I said, you can have setbacks. At this moment in time we are really pleased and hopefully they will keep progressing."

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