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Chesterfield travel to Elland Road on Wednesday night to face Brian McDermott’s Leeds in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
The Spireites make the trip to Yorkshire on the back of a promising pre-season and a 2-0 victory away to Bury on League Two’s opening day, which saw Jay O’Shea and Marc Richards on the score sheet.
With no other new injuries Chesterfield will again be without Liam Cooper, with the former Hull City defender suffering from a side strain, and club captain Ian Evatt who continues to regain match fitness following the 31-year-old’s recent move from Blackpool.
On loan Blackburn defender Ryan Edwards however will be available after the 19-year-old’s loan deal was extended to three months from an initial one, to make the youngster eligible for selection.
Leeds go into the game following a 2-1 win at home to Brighton in their Championship opener with the Whites’ first £1million signing in eight years Luke Murphy grabbing the winner late on. A different line up is expected while full backs Sam Byram and Stephen Warnock are unlikely to feature through injury.
Brian McDermott’s side will look to emulate their cup run from last season which saw them reach the quarter final, beating Everton and Southampton before losing 5-1 at home to Chelsea.
Chesterfield have not progressed beyond the first round of the competition since losing 4-3 to Charlton on penalties in the fourth round back in 2006, and Paul Cook anticipates a tough test against strong opposition. ‘ I’m looking forward to it. As a manager I think Elland Road is one of the great football grounds in England.
‘It’s good for us as a club, it’s good for our supporters, it’s good for my staff and it’s good for me. These are places where we all want to go.
‘I think over pre-season we’ve had a lot of good games against these championship teams and we’ve acquitted ourselves really well.
‘Tomorrow night we know we are going to have to play really well at Elland Road to win the game and if we can come away from there with a victory it will give this club a major boost.’
The Spireites will play in front of substantial away support, with the club already selling the majority of the 2,500 allocation.