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Derek Niven is doubtful for Chesterfield but Dean Morgan could return.

Midfielder Niven will be assessed having been forced off in the 53rd minute of last Friday's goalless draw at Torquay with a jarred ankle.

Forward Morgan, meanwhile, missed the Plainmoor encounter altogether with a thigh strain but is hoping to return for the final day clash at a sold-out b2net Stadium.

Fit-again defender Simon Ford returned to enjoy a starting role in what was his first match in over two months against the Gulls and he has not suffered any ill-effects.

The Spireites go into the game knowing just a point will be enough to get their hands on the League Two title while second-placed Bury must win at Stevenage to have any chance at all of overtaking John Sheridan's side at the summit.

But Gillingham, unbeaten in 11 away from home, go into the clash needing the points themselves, with the Kent club one of three sides on 68 points competing for two remaining play-off berths.

Gillingham will be without defensive duo Barry Fuller and Josh Gowling.

The Gills must avoid defeat against the Spireites to have any real hope of making the play-offs, but they are hampered by being without skipper Fuller, who suffered a bruised knee against Macclesfield last week.

Centre-half Gowling remains sidelined with the ankle problem that has seen him miss the last two matches but he, along with Fuller, could return should the Gills secure a place in the season finale.

Meanwhile, defender Simon King is a doubt after being replaced at half-time against the Silkmen with a tight hamstring, while veteran midfielder Kevin Maher is struggling with a virus.

Winger Andy Barcham (hamstring) and midfielder Curtis Weston (knee) face late fitness tests, while Mark Bentley should be fit despite a bruised back.

Should Andy Hessenthaler's men better a result attained by either Stevenage or Torquay, who play Bury and Rotherham respectively, they will secure a play-off spot.

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League Two Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
AFC W'don v Plymouth  
Accrington v Hartlepool  
Cambridge Utd v Cheltenhm  
Carlisle v Burton Alb
Exeter v Wycombe  
Luton v Dag + Red  
Morecambe v York City  
Newport v Southend  
Northamptn v Oxford Utd
Portsmth v Stevenage  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 13 11 28
2 Bury 13 12 26
3 Burton Alb 13 1 25
4 Luton 13 5 24
5 Plymouth 13 6 22
6 Morecambe 13 4 22
7 Shrewsbury 13 6 21
8 Southend 13 2 21
9 Newport 13 3 19
10 Cheltenhm 13 0 19
11 Cambridge Utd 13 8 18
12 Northamptn 13 3 18
13 AFC W'don 13 -1 18
14 Portsmth 13 -1 17
15 Stevenage 13 -3 17
16 Mansfield 13 -4 17
17 Exeter 13 -3 16
18 Accrington 13 -6 16
19 Dag + Red 13 -5 14
20 Oxford Utd 13 -5 13
21 Carlisle 13 -7 12
22 Hartlepool 13 -12 11
23 York City 13 -7 10
24 Tranmere 13 -7 9

Updated Sat, 18 Oct 2014

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