James and Ben talk injuries, fixtures and the World Cup in a quick catch-up with wiganlatics.co.uk
Ben and James thanks for your time, firstly just give us an update on how the recoveries are going?
JM: I’m doing good, I’m feeling very good; I’ve started running over the last few days and I’ve not had any problems so hopefully I’ll be ready to go for pre-season.
BW: I’m getting there and I’m feeling stronger each day - I’m not outside running yet but I’ll start some jogging and walking on the altitude machine this week and hopefully it won’t be too long, I’m through the tough stage now.
I’ve not really put a timescale on my return, I’m just taking each day as it comes but it’s just a case of coming in every day, working as hard as I can to get it stronger and hopefully I won’t be too far away.
You’ve seen the fixtures come out over the last week, what are your thoughts on facing Reading at home on the first day and also the multiple long-distance midweek games?
JM: All the games that we are going to face are tough but we had a good record against Reading last year so hopefully we can take confidence from that and go into the new season with a win straight away and build on it.
It’s obviously tough when you travel far away in midweek but that’s part and parcel of football these days; you need to travel and that’s this division, it’ll be a long and tough season again but hopefully we can build momentum as we did last year and try and get promotion.
Around your recovery I know you’ve both been keen followers of the World Cup, who has impressed you and who do you back to go on and win the tournament?
JM: It’s been excellent, most of the games have been entertaining – there have been goals, incidents and it’s been great to watch.
I’ll stick with Brazil who I said from the start, I don’t think they’ve been as good as I initially thought they would be but I think they’ll come good.
Germany are strong too but I’d stick with Brazil.
BW: I don’t think Brazil will win it, from what I’ve seen I’d probably say Germany or even someone like Chile could go far.
The South Americans are strong and I can see one of them winning it, though I don’t think it will be Brazil.