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EARLY TEAM NEWS: IPSWICH TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC

13 December 2018

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

  • Sky Bet Championship Team News: Ipswich Town v Latics.
  • Gavin Massey set to be involved in Latics' 18-man squad.
  • Kal Naismith suspended, Powell, Robinson, Dunkley and Jacobs remain unavailable.

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Speaking on iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Thursday morning, Paul Cook shared some early team news ahead of his side's Sky Bet Championship visit to Ipswich Town on Saturday.

With winger Gavin Massey returning from a long-term hamstring injury in a midweek Development Squad match at Sheffield United, Cook said there's light at the end of the tunnel for a number of Latics' concerns.

"We've got to be careful with Gavin," Cook began.

"He's been out for some time now, but he's a strong lad and has always been one of our fittest players, so his early return comes as no suprise.

"He played 45 minutes on Tuesday and he'll be on included on the bench for Ipswich that's for sure.

"We've had more encouraging news as well this week with Michael Jacobs back out on the grass and Chey Dunkley making good progress from his knee injury, but Antonee Robinson is going to be out until February."

With Kal Naismith suspended following his red card against Derby County last weekend, it leaves questions in Latics' left back position, but Cook remains positive:

"Kal came in after Antonee's injury and has done a smashing job. It's unfortunate for him to be suspended, but that's what squads are for and we'll adapt to the situation like we did last Saturday against Derby."

Nick Powell also remains out and is set to miss Latics' festive fixture period with a hamstring problem.

Shaun MacDonald, Alex Bruce and Leo Da Silva Lopes all featured in this week's Development Squad friendly, with the latter scoring in a 3-1 defeat against an experienced Sheffield United side.

Hear from Paul Cook amongst many others on this week's episode of our official podcast, Latics Listen, below...



IPSWICH TOWN

Paul Lambert's troubles deepened slightly this week with consistent midfielder Cole Skuse ruled out with a knee injury which required surgery, but the 32-year-old is said to be making better progress than first thought.

18-year-old Jack Lankester has been a recent inclusion, starting the last two matches alongside joint-leading goal scorer Freddie Sears.

The Tractor Boys switched goalkeepers for their 2-0 defeat at Stoke City last weekend, with Dean Gerken in for Bart Bialkowski who was rested.


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