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EARLY TEAM NEWS: BRISTOL ROVERS V WIGAN ATHLETIC

23 April 2018

The latest fitness and injury news from both camps ahead of Latics' trip to Bristol Rovers.

  • Team news: Bristol Rovers v Wigan Athletic.
  • Michael Jacobs set to return after rest against Fleetwood Town.
  • Paul Cook praises impacts of Gary Roberts, Gavin Massey and Max Power on Saturday.

BRISTOL ROVERS

Liam Sercombe looks likely to continue his spell on the sidelines for the Gas following an injury against Charlton Athletic earlier this month, whilst manager Darrell Clarke continues to be without Stuart Sinclair, Joe Partington and Dan Leadbitter as long term injuries.

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Speaking to Wish FM ahead of Latics' Sky Bet League One trip to Bristol Rovers on Tuesday evening, Paul Cook said he will be making one or two changes against the Gas, including the return of Michael Jacobs who was unused substitute against Fleetwood Town on Saturday as Latics sealed promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship.

"There will be one or two changes from Saturday. We can't keep going with the same team Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday as this time of year.

"Michael Jacobs was rested on Saturday with the intention of bringing him on at 60 minutes. It was good because we spoke to Michael and said we're okay in the game so you can have a full rest. Michael Jacobs comes back into the team against Bristol Rovers, that's the luxury that we have in our squad.

"On Saturday Gavin Massey, Gary Roberts and Max Power were excellent. Gary especially was superb.

"The reception David (Perkins) got when he came on was unbelievable and he got stuck in straight away. Perks is a massive member of this squad, he's a really popular guy in the dressing room and right through the club and supporters, and I'm sure we can get him onto the pitch in the last three games. Whether we can get him to that 100 appearances milestone is yet to be seen.

"Jamie Walker came on and looked lively and that shows how many options we have because we're a good club and have a good squad."

Latics have been without Nick Powell for the previous two matches due to injury, but saw Nathan Byrne return against Fleetwood on Saturday following a game on the sidelines with a minor complaint.


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