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25 July 2018

Creative midfielder Gary Roberts returns to action after minor pre-season set back.

  • Watch: Gary Roberts' reaction to Latics' 1-1 draw at Tommy Lee's testimonial.
  • Midfielder makes return from minor pre-season injury after rehab sessions during Latics' time in Spain.
  • Roberts looks ahead to Latics' final pre-season friendly on Sunday against Rangers FC.

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Speaking to iFollow Latics after his side's 1-1 draw against Chesterfield FC for Tommy Lee's testimonial, the goalkeeper's former team mate Gary Roberts reflected on the evening, saying:

"You could see by the turnout what a lovely guy he is. I'm really close to him, I spent two great years with him and we've stayed great friends.

"I've spent time with him over the summer as well, so to play in his testimonial is a pleasure for me and it was a good workout for the boys.

"I haven't been back since I left the club so it was nice to see a few familiar faces. It's changed quite a bit since I was there, but the facilities are top notch and the fans turned up in good numbers to see Tommy play for the last time."

On the contest, Roberts added:

"It was a very tough game and we knew it was going to be like that because Martin Allen's teams are always tough and strong and up and at you.

"We got the goal and we thought we'd take over the game and control it, but they got one at a difficult time for us."

Roberts made his first pre-season appearance on the evening following a minor setback. He continued:

"I've been injured for a little while now, so this is my first game and it was nice to get back out onto the pitch.

"The trip to Spain brought the group a lot closer together. We spent a lot of time with each other, we got some downtime whilst we were out there and got to know each other more. It was definitely a worthwhile process. It was hard work, everyone saw that first hand, especially doing double sessions in that heat. Hopefully all of that work will come to fruition throughout the season because we've got a hard season coming up."

A visit to Ibrox Stadium to face Rangers FC is up next for Roberts and co, a game he believes will be completely different to Wednesday night.

"Rangers is a great fixture. Most of the lads won't have played in Scotland and Ibrox always has a great atmosphere, so it will be a great occasion for us. You're expected to win as a Championship club against a National League club, but on Sunday Rangers will be expecting to beat us, so it will be a good open game."

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