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3 August 2018

Who's in and who's out ahead of the opening day of the season against Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium?

  • Team News: Wigan Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Reece James, Leo Da Silva Lopes, Kal Naismith, Antonee Robinson, Darron Gibson and Cedric Kipre could all make debuts.
  • Callum McManaman and Christian Walton set for second debuts after returning in the summer.

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Latics could hand out multiple debuts this weekend for the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship season against Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium, with summer recruits Reece James (on loan from Chelsea), Leo Da Silva Lopes and Kal Naismith all fit and available for selection.

Central defender Cedric Kipre, who signed from Motherwell on Friday afternoon will make his debut, as confirmed by Paul Cook.

Antonee Robinson, who joined on loan from Everton on Friday, could also be in line for his Latics debut at Left back, whilst midfielder Darron Gibson has signed a short term contract and could feature in his first competitive game for the club having played in all three pre-season friendlies.

In injury and fitness news, Nathan Byrne has been sidelined with a minor injury picked up during the club's pre-season camp in Spain, whilst Gavin Massey missed Sunday's pre-season friendly at Rangers FC due to illness.

Dan Burn has been ruled out of Saturday's opener against the Owls following a knock picked up at Ibrox last weekend.

Returning winger Callum McManaman and record-breaking goalkeeper Christian Walton are also set for their 'second debuts', having rejoined the group in the summer.

You can hear from both Callum and Christian ahead of the game on our brand new podcast Latics Listen...


Owls boss Jos Luhukay confirmed earlier this week that Almen Abdi will not be involved on Saturday, with the Swiss midfielder absent from training for the past 10 days.

In terms of returns, Joost van Aken has been back in action during pre-season following a long-term injury, Steven Fletcher has also made a timely return during preparations and Kieran Lee and Gary Hooper are on the comeback trail.

Sam Winnall is expected back in training over the next fortnight following a cruciate injury in February, whilst Sam Hutchinson, in his own manager's words, is said to be in excellent shape following set backs last term.

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