Latics boss looks ahead to return to Sky Bet League One action and reveals latest news from the training ground.
- Paul Cook previews Latics’ home clash with Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood Town.
- Christian Walton return timely as Jamie Jones injures shoulder.
- Ryan Colclough and Nick Powell both available for selection on Saturday.
Paul Cook on team news
“Unfortunately, we’re going to be without Jamie Jones this weekend and for the next two or three weeks.
“Jamie’s gone over on his shoulder this week in training and the early signs are that it’s a ligament injury.
“We’ve had really positive news with Christian Walton returning this week, but Jamie would have stayed in goal had it not been for this.
“He’s been outstanding for us since he came in for Christian earlier in the season and it’s a big loss for us, but I have no doubt Christian will come back in as strong as he was before his own injury back in August.
"The fact that we haven’t missed Christian is great credit to Jamie and what he’s done between the sticks.
“Ryan Colclough is over his illness from last week and Nick Powell has been training all week, so we go into the Fleetwood game with a strong squad to choose from.
“Our longer-term injuries to Shaun MacDonald and Craig Morgan are looking good as well, and both of them could be back in training within three weeks.”
Paul Cook on Fleetwood Town
"Without it being a derby match, it’s a good local game for both sets of supporters, much like when we play Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and teams like that.
"There’s always a special ingredient and with Uwe (Rosler) coming back having formerly managed the club it adds that bit of extra spice to the game.
Rob Kelly is there as well who I played with at Wolves and he’s a great lad, so I’m looking forward to the game.
"It’s such a long campaign. People get high really quickly and low just the same, but the most important thing for us is to keep going.
"It seems like ages since we played at Rotherham. There’s a tinge of disappointment that we didn’t get through the cup tie at Fylde and we have a game on Tuesday night now that we probably didn’t expect, but that’s football.
"We concentrate on Fleetwood first, that’s the main priority and then we can start talking about the cup replay."
Paul Cook on support over Christmas
"The support is invaluable and I think for whatever reason, good or bad, modern day supporters don’t seem to get behind the team when the team needs it most, but to be fair to our fans the support for myself and the players this season has been outstanding and long may that continue."