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EARLY TEAM NEWS: WIGAN ATHLETIC V ROTHERHAM UNITED

13 April 2018

The latest fitness and injury news ahead of Latics' clash with Rotherham United.

  • Team news: Wigan Athletic v Rotherham United.
  • Update from Paul Cook on Nick Powell.
  • Early team news ahead of Latics v the Millers in Sky Bet League One.

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Friday morning, Paul Cook gave an update on the status of Nick Powell, who limped off shortly before half time during Latics' 4-1 victory at Rochdale on Tuesday evening, as well as praising his forward options given the display the team put on at the Crown Oil Arena.

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Latics have a fully fit squad to choose from, but will wait on news of Nick Powell's knock, with Cook saying:

"Nick's Nick, it wouldn't be a Friday without us all worrying about Nick would it? Powelly is having an outstanding season, not just in his general play, but in the goals scored. One of the most impressive things about Tuesday night was when we lost Nick, James Vaughan came off the bench, scored and we looked equally as threatening.

"What will be will be with Nick, the chances are that he'll be fit, but if he's not fit then we know we've got plenty of players champing at the bit to play."

On forward options, Cook continued:

"I'd be a brave manager not to play Griggy and Vaughany, and I'm not that brave that's for sure.

"We have these options and that's good to see. As a manager i've always ideally liked to play with one up front because it creates an overload in the middle of the pitch for us to dominate the ball, but when you have two strikers with the quality that we have, sometimes you have to play them both.

"We've also got Devante Cole and Noel Hunt who can come in on the bench, so our fire power is very clear for all to see."

ROTHERHAM UNITED

The Millers arrive at the DW Stadium having played Ben Purrington for their last two matches in the absence of Joe Mattock due to a hamstring injury, whislt midfielder Darren Potter completed 60 minutes of a reserve match on Thursday afternoon as he stepped up his recovery from an Achilles problem.

Jamie Proctor remains Rotherham's longer term complaint, but other than that, the Millers are in good shape heading into Saturday's game.

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