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Team news for Tuesday's League Two clash between Chesterfield and Rochdale at B2net Stadium.

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Chesterfield head into their first home league game of the season with all players fit and available.

The Spireites, relegated from League One last season along with Dale, began life back in the bottom tier with a 1-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Manager John Sheridan did not say whether he would be making any changes, but should he wish to do so he has the likes of Mark Allott, Craig Westcarr, Tendayi Darikwa, Jack Lester and Scott Boden ready to come into the team.

Ahead of Tuesday night's match at the newly-named Proact Stadium, Sheridan said: "We need to win the Rochdale game now.

"There are a lot of evenly-matched teams in this division. But if you are not at the races and not ready for the fight, it does not matter who you play.

"It is important for us to hit the ground running. Neither I nor the players have got the time to bed in to this division."

Meanwhile, Rochdale manager John Coleman has no new injury worries for the League Two trip to Chesterfield.

Goalkeeper Matt Edwards remains sidelined with a wrist injury alongside academy products Reece Gray (broken leg) and Luke Watson (knee).

Dale resumed life in the fourth tier with a goalless draw at home to Northampton on Saturday.

Chesterfield were also relegated from League One last term but triumphed in the previous meeting between the two sides at the b2net Stadium, where a 2-1 victory three games from the end of the season sealed Rochdale's fate.

A summer of change at Spotland means midfielder Jason Kennedy is set to be the only visiting player remaining in the starting line-up from that April clash.

Ashley Grimes featured as a substitute four months ago and the 25-year-old forward is expected to retain his place in Coleman's XI despite Crawley expressing an interest in his services.

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