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EARLY TEAM NEWS: WIGAN ATHLETIC V SHEFFIELD UNITED

31 December 2018

The latest fitness and availability news ahead of Latics' New Year's Day clash with Sheffield United at the DW Stadium.

  • Sky Bet Championship Team News: Wigan Athletic v Sheffield United.
  • Other than long-term injuries, Latics have a clean bill of health.
  • Paul Cook fully expects Lee Evans to be available with permanent move from the Blades set to be completed on New Year's Day.

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Cash turnstiles operating on the East and South Stands.

Heading into New Year's Day and Latics' clash with Sheffield United in the Sky Bet Championship at the DW Stadium, manager Paul Cook says he fully expects Lee Evans to be available for selection, with his permanent move from the Blades set to be completed on Tuesday.

Latics have no new injury concerns to deal with, but Nick Powell (hamstring), Antonee Robinson (ankle) and Michael Jacobs (hamstring) are all still sidelined.

There will be at least one change to the starting XI from Saturday's 2-2 draw at Swansea City, with centre back Dan Burn returning to Brighton & Hove Albion at the end of his loan back to Latics.

For the visitors, Sheffield United will be without defender Chris Basham who was sent off in their 3-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

Ahead of the Blades' clash with Rovers on Saturday, manager Chris Wilder admitted he may have to make changes over the next two or three matches given the heavy fixture schedule, meaning we could see a changed side arrive at the DW on Tuesday.

Latics' last XI v Swansea: Walton, James, Kipre, Dunkley, Burn, Morsy, Gibson, Evans, Massey, Naismith, Garner

Sheffield United's last XI v Blackburn: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, O'Connell, Basham, Egan, Fleck, Norwood, Duffy, Sharp, McGoldrick


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