Midfielder gives an update on his recent injury.
- Jordan Flores out of action with shoulder injury.
- Midfielder determined to work hard ahead of pre-season.
- “The only way to prove we’re the best is to win the league.” – Flores.
After showing the pupils a glimpse of his ability, posing for some photographs and signing autographs, the midfielder spoke to wiganathletic.com about his recent injury troubles.
“I dislocated my shoulder at the back end of last year and then built my strength back up to return for a few Development Squad games in the first three months of this year.
“We were playing a game at Shrewsbury in March and I made a challenge but landed awkwardly and it went again.
“Shortly after that I discussed it with the medical staff and we all agreed it was best to have an operation to tighten the area around my shoulder up again.
“My season’s over now, so I’m just looking forward to getting fit and tackling pre-season head on.
“The gaffer reassured me and told me to be as strong as I can for the start of pre-season ahead of a big year for the club, so I’m fully focused on doing exactly that.”
Although frustrated to be sat on the side lines, the 20-year-old said he’s been delighted to see his boyhood team performing so well, with results that brought back memories from his childhood.
“It’s been great to see the team performing like they have, the football has been great and everyone is coming away from the grounds happy.
“It takes me back to being younger watching the likes of Jason Roberts and Nathan Ellington helping us to get promoted, and now we’ve got the likes of Will (Grigg) and Michael (Jacobs) scoring goals and the whole team striving to achieve big things like promotion back to the Championship.
“The way we’re playing at the moment puts us in a great place going into the end of the season and into next season, because the quality of opposition will be very high. The more momentum we can gather before the end of the season the better.”
Latics can officially seal promotion by avoiding defeat at Blackpool on Saturday, but Flores insists the team are determined to make it a title deciding match at Bloomfield Road.
“It’s a feeling of excitement in the dressing room going into the Blackpool game, and the focus we’ve got now is winning the league.
“We feel we’re the best team in the league, so the only way to prove that is to finish the season as champions.”