Crewe have no fresh injury worries for the visit of Chesterfield.

Mat Mitchel-King is hoping to return to full training on Thursday after having struggled with a troublesome back problem in recent weeks.

The club captain has missed the last five games with a sprained ankle but his back has been causing him the most discomfort of late.

Striker Calvin Zola (hamstring) is also not ready to return to action but should also be back in training on Thursday.

New signing Danny Gardner was an unused substitute in Saturday's 3-2 win over Northampton and the teenage striker is expected to retain his place in the squad, but midfielder Steven Schumacher remains sidelined with a back problem.

Dario Gradi's men will be looking to extend their two-match unbeaten run in League Two following victories over Burton and Northampton.

Chesterfield boss John Sheridan is set to name an unchanged side.

The Spireites boss has no new injuries or suspensions to contend with as he seeks to build on their last-gasp 3-2 victory over Darlington on Saturday.

Drew Talbot made his first start in eight games against the Quakers and is set to retain his place in the starting XI alongside loanee Gary Madine, with Scott Boden, Barry Conlon and Martin Gritton having to settle for a place on the bench.

New loan signing Simon Whaley, who opened the scoring for the Spireites at Darlington, will battle it out with fellow loanee Dominic Green for a starting berth.

Fellow frontman Jack Lester is still recovering from knee surgery and remains out, as does Wade Small who continues to be hampered with a niggling groin problem.

Defender Aaron Downes is expected to be out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

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