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10 March 2016

Jaaskelainen recovering well, with Latics hopeful on McAleny and Pearce.

  • Jaaskelainen, McAleny and Pearce injury updates.
  • Good signs for James and Jacobs.
  • Caldwell sees opportunities for other members of the squad.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD ahead of Latics’ trip to Colchester United on Saturday, manager Gary Caldwell provided updates on the injuries of Jussi Jaaskelainen, Jason Pearce and Conor McAleny who were all forced out before half time of last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Peterborough United.

Jaaskelainen’s injury was cause for the most concern with the nature of a head injury, but Caldwell said his goalkeeper should be okay for the weekend after close attention this week.

“Jussi’s was a knock to the head and he had concussion which made him suffer a bit over the weekend, but we’ve had the appropriate scans, he’s been tested and we’ve looked after him this week.

“He should be fine for Colchester, he’s functioning fine now, but we’ll see how he is when he re-joins training.

“We’ve had him MRI scanned and we spoke to a consultant, so the medical team have taken no chances and they’ve had the very best advice they could get.”

Caldwell continued:

“Conor (McAleny) and Pearcey (Jason Pearce) suffered from minor muscle injuries which hopefully won’t keep them out for too long and they can be back with the team soon.

“Whilst it’s a big disappointment to have players out, it’s an opportunity for other players to come in and show what they can do.

“It’s up to those players who haven’t been playing but have been asking to play and wanting to play to be ready for the opportunities.”

Longer term injuries have seen defender Reece James and midfielder Michael Jacobs out for a number of weeks, but Caldwell said there are positive signs for both:

“Reece (James) has been away on a little break, he’s back now and continuing the exercises set for him, but he’s still in his boot.

“Hopefully he’ll come out of that next week and then that’s when we’ll find out if the treatment he’s had to his ankle has been successful or not.

“Michael (Jacobs) is progressing really well and hopefully he’ll be back out on the grass next week.  It will be great to have him in and around the squad training because he’s been a big player for us this year.”

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