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9 April 2018

The latest fitness and injury news ahead of Latics' trip to Rochdale.

  • Team News: Rochdale v Wigan Athletic.
  • Paul Cook discusses Shaun MacDonald's recovery.
  • Latics to travel to the Crown Oil Arena with a fully fit squad.

Latics head to Rochdale's Crown Oil Arena with a fully fit squad to choose from on Tuesday evening, with manager Paul Cook delighted at the current status of his group.


Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Monday afternoon, Cook said:

"There's a chance of seeing Shaun MacDonald before the end of the season, it's just difficult getting games into him at the moment.

"If he was to get some games under his belt it would certainly progress his rehabilitation quicker.

"Shaun's training with the lads every day and he isn't missing out on anything now. He's fit and available for selection, albeit probably just a little bit ring rusty.

"If it comes to stage when we put Shaun on the bench or recall him to start, I'd have no problems doing it that's for sure."

"The lads have been great and it's not easy having so many talented players and not being able to use them all.

"The hardest part is leaving substitutes off the bench. Devante (Cole) didn't get on the bench this weekend and neither did Jay Fulton. Jay's previous two games have been wins away at Walsall and Bury, but he hasn't been on the bench. As a manager that side of things is so difficult.

"Great credit has to go to the medical staff and the lads themselves for recovering so well. Every squad member has been fit and available for every game recently.

"Any time we've asked someone to come in they've been great. Over the season it's the squad/group that gets you success if you get any and if you don't get any it's down to the squad and group as well."


Keith Hill is currently missing three members of his squad through injury, with Andy Cannon (fractured cheekbone), Niall Canavan (ankle) and Keith Keane (groin) all absent from Rochdale's 3-3 draw against Portsmouth on Saturday.

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