Football - Lester back after ban

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook will have leading scorer Jack Lester available again when he returns to his former club Accrington for the first time.

PA Sport

Cook, who left Stanley in October to take over at the Proact Stadium, has been without the experienced Lester for the last three matches due to suspension.

The eight-goal striker, 37, will be fresh and raring to go after sitting out the busy Christmas schedule and could start at the Crown Ground.

While Lester returns from suspension, on-loan Hull defender Conor Townsend begins a ban after the youngster was shown a straight red card during the 1-1 draw against Morecambe on Saturday.

Marc Richards was only fit enough for a place on the bench against the Shrimps after missing the Boxing Day win over York with the hamstring problem that forced him off just before half-time in the defeat at Southend on December 21.

He may join Lester in pushing for a recall on New Year's Day, while fellow strikers Scott Boden and Luis Boa Morte, defender Neal Trotman and midfielders Craig Clay and Mark Randall are also options for Cook.

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