Latics host Derby County at the DW stadium in gameweek 21 of the Sky Bet Championship.
- Wigan Athletic entertain Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship.
- Latics aiming to build on their three-match unbeaten run.
- Frank Lampard’s Derby arrive on the back of a 2-1 victory over Swansea City.
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SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER 2018
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Lampard’s men arrive on the back of a 2-1 victory over Swansea City last Saturday with three wins in their last five games, whilst Paul Cook’s are unbeaten in three league games, sharing the spoils last-time out with rivals Bolton Wanderers, with the returning Will Grigg scoring the equaliser from the penalty spot.
Referee - Gavin Ward
Assistant Referee 1 - Mark Dwyer
Assistant Referee 2 - Geoffrey Russell
Fourth Official - David Webb
EARLY TEAM NEWS
Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Friday morning, Paul Cook provided updates on Nick Powell, Gavin Massey and Michael Jacobs ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Derby County at the DW Stadium.
On Powell, Cook began:
"Nick won't play over the Christmas period and he'll be out for a period of time. It's his hamstring and it's something we have managed over the last 18 months because of historical injuries he's had.
"I want to assure fans that we would never ask a player to play through injury, every player is put through medical tests to make sure they're fit. Nick will be given some time to recover and we'll make sure everything continues to be managed in the correct way."
With Powell ruled out, Cook brought about some good news from winger Massey, explaining:
"Gavin Massey has rejoined the main training group and he's due to get some minutes with the Development Squad next week, with the view to him being available for the 18-man squad for Ipswich.
"We haven't rushed Gavin, he's simply ahead of schedule. It's the measure of the man and player he is, because he's worked incredibly hard to get to this point."
Michael Jacobs (hamstring) remains sidelined, but is making good progress:
"Michael Jacobs is a bit further back than Gavin, but he's getting there. He's raring to get back, but he has to remain patient and make sure he doesn't rush it."
Antonee Robinson (ankle) remains out, but Chey Dunkley (knee) is pushing for a pre-Christmas return.
FAB FOUR - LATICS AT HOME V THE RAMS
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