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2 October 2015

Junior delighted to return after hamstring injury as he looks ahead to Walsall.

  • Francisco Junior talks about his return to action.
  • On loan Everton midfielder faced spell on side lines with hamstring injury.
  • Junior loving Latics environment.
Both of Wigan Athletic’s goals in the 2-2 draw with Millwall on Tuesday night saw players returning from injury making their marks, with Will Grigg netting the stoppage time equaliser, and midfielder Francisco Junior playing his part in Michael Jacobs’ opener.

The on loan Everton man brought energy into Latics’ midfield, dispossessing the Lions and sending the ball into Jacobs’ path.

Junior himself admitted that was the aim of his introduction at half time:

“When I was coming on I promised somebody I was going to score, obviously I didn’t, but I had to do something to help the team and thankfully I did that for Michael Jacobs and he scored a very good goal.

“It’s always all about the team for me, it doesn’t matter who scores or who sets up the goals, as long as we win and give the supporters what they deserve, because I think this club deserves some happiness after how things have been recently.

“The manager asked me to use my energy in midfield and it worked straight away because we scored, I think I played well, but we’re disappointed not to win.”

Junior continued:

“We really want to win the next game especially after two draws, because if we win then the two points against Oldham and Millwall will be very positive.

“It was very disappointing not to win against Millwall, because for the majority of the match we did everything we needed to do to win.  At home we should be winning a game like that, but we’ve got another chance to please our fans this weekend.”

The 23-year-old has been absent from the first team since picking up a hamstring injury during Latics’ 2-0 defeat away to Gillingham, a frustrating moment for the midfielder who says he enjoyed his start to his time at the club.

“It was very frustrating to be injured.  This season I was looking forward to not having any injuries, to try and be fit all of the time and to help the team.

“Of course I want to help myself as well because I’ve spent a long time not playing regular first team football.

“Now I’m okay, I’m feeling good and fit and hopefully I can get back into the team and do my part.

“I feel like I got off to a very good start here, so it was doubly frustrating to be injured.  I’ve got to forget about the games I have missed now and get back to helping the team, I’m fine now and very excited for the next few months.

“I want to be in the team on Saturday of course, but it all depends on how we play the game and what the manager wants.  I’m always going to be there to help the team, it doesn’t matter if I’m starting or on the bench.”

During his spell on the side lines, Junior says he received some very welcoming messages from Latics supporters, and has really appreciated the backing.

“It’s always good to be in an environment where you are liked and where the atmosphere is good.

“I’m thankful for the support I’ve received from the staff and players here, but also from the fans.

“The fans have been sending messages in on Twitter, I can’t reply to all of them, but I appreciate them and it’s very nice.  We all appreciate the support they give us; we are all trying our best to give the fans what they want.

“Everything seems to be coming together, I’m really enjoying being in Wigan.”

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