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Bournemouth's injury crisis shows no sign of easing ahead of the leaders' home clash with Chesterfield.
Last Updated: 09/10/09 12:12pm
Bournemouth's injury crisis shows no sign of easing ahead of the League Two leaders' home clash with Chesterfield.
The Cherries have not won in three games, including their midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Northampton, but sit two points clear of Rotherham.
Defender Jason Pearce (hamstring), goalkeeper Shwan Jalal (knock) and strikers Steve Fletcher (knee) and Liam Feeney (thigh) are the latest players to be struck down with injury.
All four missed the defeat at Sixfields and are rated as doubtful to face the Spireites.
Defender Scott Guyett has undergone knee surgery and is expected be out for a couple of months, while midfielder Mark Molesley had an injection in his foot this week and is expected to miss out.
Sammy Igoe (bruised bone marrow) is sidelined for two weeks and fellow midfielder Joe Partington (groin) is also unavailable.
Midfielder Marvin Bartley played in the centre of defence against the Cobblers despite having a broken hand and could play at the back once again.
To make matters worse, the Football League reversed their decision to allow boss Eddie Howe to make a second emergency loan signing this week.
Defender Gregor Robertson is a fresh injury doubt for Chesterfield after he was forced off with a thigh problem just before half-time during their Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory over Huddersfield in midweek.
The Scot has only been able to participate in light training since. Phil Picken, as he did on Tuesday night, will replace Robertson at full-back should he not make it.
David Perkins comes back into the reckoning after the on-loan Colchester midfielder was cup-tied for the Huddersfield game which the Spireites won on penalties.
Forward Wade Small remains a slight doubt after a series of knocks in recent games forced him to miss out in midweek.