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EARLY TEAM NEWS: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BIRMINGHAM CITY

21 December 2018

The latest fitness and injury news from both camps ahead of Latics' final home game of 2018 against Birmingham City on Saturday.

  • Sky Bet Championship Team News - Latics v Birmingham City.
  • Gavin Massey and Chey Dunkley available, Kal Naismith back from suspension.
  • Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell and Antonee Robinson remain out.

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The latest news from the Wigan Athletic Training Centre ahead of Latics' Sky Bet Championship clash with Birmingham City at the DW Stadium on Saturday 22 December as Paul Cook's side get ready for their final home game of 2018.

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Last weekend saw the welcome returns of Gavin Massey (hamstring) and Chey Dunkley (knee) to the 18-man match day squad at Ipswich Town, with the duo expected to feature again against Birmingham City.

Kal Naismith, who was suspended for the trip to Portman Road, is back available following his one-match ban for a red card against Derby County.

Michael Jacobs has continued to step up his recovery from a hamstring problem and is expected to be back within the next two to three weeks, but Latics remain without Nick Powell (hamstring) and Antonee Robinson (ankle), with the latter only set for a February return to fitness and Powell likely to return at the end of January.



BIRMINGHAM CITY

The Blues have suffered their fair share of injury problems in recent weeks, most notably with captain Michael Morrison suffering a hamstring problem in Birmingham's 1-0 defeat at home to Bristol City two weeks ago.

Although Garry Monk's skipper has been training this week, the manager was dealt a similar blow last weekend when Morrison's replacement Marc Roberts was substituted nine minutes into the Blues' 2-2 draw away at Blackburn Rovers with a calf injury.

Wes Harding stepped up in Roberts' place and could continue in defence on Saturday.

Creative midfielder Jota made his return from a groin injury as a second half sub last weekend, but long-term injured players Isaac Vassell (hip) and David Davis (ankle) remain unavailable.


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