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Cook vows to play strong side

Paul Cook has vowed to play a strong team in the Derbyshire Senior Cup after the recent postponements of Chesterfield's league matches.

The Spireites have not played since a 1-1 home draw with Dagenham on December 29 after both scheduled League Two games so far in 2014, at Northampton and Cheltenham, were called off due to waterlogged pitches.

Long Eaton United, who play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division some five tiers below Chesterfield in the football pyramid, visit the Proact Stadium on Tuesday night in the third round of the cup.

Having seen the last two league fixtures postponed, Cook recognises the value of giving senior players a run-out.

He said: "We've now got a fully-fit squad, with the likes of Sam Morsy and Jimmy Ryan available again, so I will field a strong side.

"It's important that some of the lads who've not played for a while are given minutes on the pitch to help them build up their fitness levels."

Morsy has missed the last two months after he suffered a knee injury in the goalless draw away at Bristol Rovers at the end of October while fellow midfielder Ryan has been out for almost a month with a shoulder problem.

Winger Gary Roberts, sidelined for the past month with a hamstring injury, is also likely to be involved while the match could provide much-needed minutes for the likes of Nathan Smith, Matty Brown, Gary McSheffrey and Jamie Devitt.