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EARLY TEAM NEWS: PORTSMOUTH V WIGAN ATHLETIC

1 April 2018

The latest fitness and injury news ahead of Latics' Easter Monday clash with Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One.

  • Team news: Portsmouth v Wigan Athletic.
  • Paul Cook updates us on Will Grigg after the striker came off at half time against Oldham Athletic.
  • Latics at full strength heading to Fratton Park in Sky Bet League One.

PORTSMOUTH

Gareth Evans made his return from a hamstring injury on Saturday to provide the crucial goal in Pompey's 1-0 victory over Walsall, lifting Kenny Jackett's side to within six points of Plymouth Argyle in the final play-off place.

Oli Hawkins overcame a hamstring injury, returning to the bench against the Saddlers alongside Stuart O'Keefe who recovered from a groin complaint. Both were unused substitutes in the win.

On-loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson remains sidelined with a thigh complaint.

Danny Rose remains a long-term injury worry for Portsmouth after suffering a fractured leg against Northampton Town in Pompey's final game of 2017.

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Latics head to Fratton Park with a full squad to choose from despite Will Grigg coming off at half time in the 3-0 win against Oldham Athletic on Good Friday. The striker opened the scoring at the DW Stadium before being replaced by James Vaughan.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after the game, boss Paul Cook gave an update on his leading goal scorer:

“Will has been struggling with his calf lately and he proposed to come off at half-time; he is having a great season and scored a quality first goal, the last thing we want would be to lost Will for the rest of the season so it was a precautionary one, especially with having the likes of Devante and Vaughany on the bench.”

On his squad, Cook continued, explaining:

“I am pleased for the team; it is very much a team ethos at our club,” Cook explained. “Samy Morsy came back into the team today for Jay Fulton, who has played really well in the last two games but hasn’t made the bench.

“It is really difficult managing this club at times, not with what people think is difficult, but looking after all of the players – we have a tremendous squad of players that are all behind each other.”

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