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22 September 2016

Burke and Gilbey out with injuries.

  • Team news ahead of Preston North End v Wigan Athletic.
  • The latest of Alex Gilbey and Reece Burke.
  • Gary Caldwell delighted to have David Perkins and Nick Powell back.

Speaking ahead of Latics' Sky Bet Championship trip to Preston North End of Friday evening, Gary Caldwell shared his latest update on injuries within the squad, as well as the returns he saw to his squad against Fulham last Saturday.

With positive news revealed earlier today about midfielder Alex Gilbey's injury, Caldwell also gave an update on the fitness of on loan West Ham United defender Reece Burke who missed the Fulham clash at the DW Stadium.

“Reece Burke had an operation on Tuesday with a hernia, he should be back in three or four weeks.  It was a shame to miss him for the Fulham game and disappointing for him personally to need the operation as I really felt he was starting to settle into the team."

Fellow defender Reece James continues to recover from a long-term ankle injury, and last night provided Latics supporters with an insight as to his return period.

Boot off today, looking forward to the next phase of my rehab hopefully 6 - 8 weeks #wafc

— Reece James (@rjames2) September 21, 2016

Latics will be without Gilbey, Burke and James as well as fellow long-term injuries Donervon Daniels and Kyle Knoyle this weekend, but Caldwell says he can take positives from the latest squad news, with David Perkins returning to the match day 18 against Fulham, and Nick Powell appearing from the bench.

“[David Perkins and Nick Powell] Two huge players for us for different reasons but to have them back was really important; Perks is somebody that energises the whole place every day in training. Even when he was injured, he travelled with us and came away with the squad because his character and influence on the group is great.

“Nick is somebody with great quality, he has shown that so far, and we need him fully fit and available as quickly as possible.”


Simon Grayson made 10 changes to his Preston team that lost 5-0 away to Brentford last Saturday when he took North End to AFC Bournemouth in the EFL Cup in midweek, with only Greg Cunningham remaining in the starting line-up from their trip to Griffin Park.

On loan Denmark striker Simon Makienok was one of 10 players drafted in, impressing with his first career hat-trick to give the Lilywhites a 3-2 extra time victory, but the player himself admitted to the press following the victory that he still might not have done enough to make the starting XI on Friday night.

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