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15 December 2015

Kevin McNaughton updates us on his recovery from injury.

  • Kevin McNaughton injury update.
  • Defender hopes to be back in full training before the end of the year..
  • Development Squad games the next step in recovery process.
It hasn’t been an easy 2015 for Kevin McNaughton on the injury front, playing just three games after his arrival at Wigan Athletic in the summer, before suffering a serious hamstring injury, just five months after breaking his leg whilst on loan at Bolton Wanderers.

The defender has been recovering since Latics’ 2-0 defeat away to Gillingham in late August, where he ruptured a tendon in his hamstring.

McNaughton travelled to London and had to undergo surgery with knee specialist Andy Williams, effectively re-attaching the tendon, but now he says he can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, and is just a few weeks away from re-joining his team mates for full training.

Speaking at Latics’ Christopher Park Training Ground, McNaughton said:

“The most disappointing impact of the injury was the fact I wanted to come in and make a good impression and the injury has obviously taken that initial opportunity away from me.

“I am not far off getting back involved in full training now, I’m a couple of weeks away, there have been no set-backs and it has come along pretty good.

“I am looking forward to getting back out on the pitch, it has been a difficult year for me after breaking my leg last season too, so hopefully that is the end of the long-term injuries.”

McNaughton has been working on strength and running patterns with Head of Physiotherapy, Russell Hitchen and his team, and is about to start a power and explosive programme, with the aim of featuring for the Development Squad in the near future.

He continued:

“I am hoping to get a couple of development squad games under my belt soon but it is just a case of taking it week by week at the moment.

“There are a lot of games coming up and that is the nature of the beast in this league, we’ve got a decent size squad so it will be difficult for me to get my place back, but hopefully I can get involved and make an impact in the second half of the season.”

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