Big Smith blow for Spireites

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has confirmed that defender Nathan Smith is out for the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Last Updated: 21/03/13 at 18:01

Paul Cook: Without Nathan Smith for the run-in

Paul Cook: Without Nathan Smith for the run-in

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The 26-year-old suffered the injury during the first half of the Spireites' away win at Oxford last weekend and missed the defeat at Torquay on Tuesday night while the club's medical staff ascertained the extent of the problem.

Scans have shown that the left-back has broken a bone at the top of his foot.

Cook said: "There's damage to the bone and with so few matches remaining that means he won't play again (this season), which is a big blow."

Meanwhile, midfielder Craig Clay has resumed training following a hernia operation last month.

"He has joined in today (Thursday), and when I say joined in I mean as a first step towards a return to full fitness," said Cook.

"He won't be involved at the weekend but maybe he has a chance of being included over the Bank Holiday weekend against Burton and Port Vale."

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