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27 March 2018

  • Shaun MacDonald gives an update on his return from injury.
  • Welsh midfielder hoping to return before the end of the current Sky Bet League One season.
  • MacDonald delighted to see team mates pushing for promotion to the Championship.

It's been a long old road to recovery for Latics midfielder Shaun MacDonald, but he's looking more and more likely to turn a corner sometime soon after stepping up his recovery last week against Mansfield Town.

The Wales international, who broke his leg against Reading last April, suffered a set back from his initial recovery when he picked up a knee injury in a friendly against Fleetwood Town.

Now back travelling with the squad after his latest comeback to action in the Development Squad, the 29-year-old says he'd love to return to first team action before the end of the season.

"From a fitness point of view the game was great for me to get 90 minutes," MacDonald began.

"I came through that game time without and problems and my next step now is to try and get another 90 and keep pushing until the end of the season to see where it takes me.
It was good to be back amongst it.

"We had a really young team and it was a learning curve for a lot of players. We played against a strong Mansfield team with lots of experience. It was a learning curve for me as well because I've been out for so long.

"Whenever the opportunity comes up to play I'm keen to be involved and get through it. I'm working hard in training every day.

"I want to be playing in League One by the end of the season and experience that feel-good vibe of winning games."

MacDonald signed a contract extension in January, adding to his motivation to get back amongst the group come May. The midfielder travelled with the squad to Bury on Saturday afternoon and was delighted to see his team mates take all three points.

"It was great to travel with the lads to Bury and see them get the three points. We took a lot of fans to Bury and it was great to see them enjoying the result.

"The support this year has been unbelievable and I know the lads appreciate every single supporter."

On Latics' recent performances and string of away victories, MacDonald added:

"We've had to find a way to adapt recently. The boys have played on some tough pitches recently, but they've battled through the last three away games and picked up the points. They're all crucial wins leading into the final 10 games."

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