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9 July 2014

New medical supremo Richard Collinge on McCann, Watson, McArthur and Maloney.

Wigan Athletic’s new Head of Medical Richard Collinge has provided a progress report on the injured players at the club – and the news is good on all fronts.

He reveals that Shaun Maloney and James McArthur are on schedule to be fit for the start of the season, with long-term absentees Chris McCann and Ben Watson due to be ready soon afterwards.

"They are all progressing well," he told the club’s Official Website this afternoon, "and we are happy how each one is recovering."

The 37 year old joined Uwe Rosler’s backroom staff from Cardiff City last month, having previously worked at Watford, Brentford and Crystal Palace and one of his first jobs was to assess the injury situation.

On McCann, he explains:

"Chris’ fractured knee cap sustained against Manchester City is recovering really well and he is doing some ball work now, some early running and conditioning work and we’re looking to up that programme over the course of the next few weeks.

"He visits the consultant next week and will be travelling with us on the second Germany trip, with a view to his being ready to start training fully in the early part of the season."

On Watson, he reveals:

"Ben’s broken leg sustained against Barnsley is also progressing really well, he sees his consultant next week.

"All the scans have come back very positive and we’re now developing the strength in that lower that limb and beginning some low intensity work on the pitch with him.

"He’s a bit behind Chris time-wise of course but he will also be coming to Germany where we’ll be doing some work on the pitch with the physios, some conditioning work on the bike and we aim to get him back as soon as possible."

On McArthur, he says:

"James is still recovering from the calf injury that he sustained between the two QPR games, we’re taking it very cautiously with him, purely because of the way he plays and trains.

"He’s such a high energy player and the calf muscles take a lot of strain as a result of that.

"The idea, therefore, is to take things very steadily with him, and drip feed him back gradually so that he can be ready for August 9th.

"We’re conscious that he played nearly 60 games last season and because of the nature of both the injury and the player, we have to be cautious."

Finally, on Maloney, he says:

"Shaun felt a tweak in his calf in Germany last week so we didn’t take any risks with him at that stage.

"The scans have come back and things are settling down really nicely so he’s working with the physios in the gym at the minute with the intention, like James, of having him ready for August 9.”

Collinge has quickly settled into the clubs, working alongside Head of Performance Chris Haslam, and added:

"Pre-season is a time of year when niggling injuries occur after the summer break but the idea is to try and prevent those as much as possible, while building up the fitness in readiness for the start of the season.

"The players had three days of screening and observation to see what muscles may be tight or restricted and every player is given a specific training programme to try and prevent anything from breaking down.

"Pre-season is the foundation stone for the season, so we need to get everything right to try and prevent problems later."

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