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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V READING

23 November 2018

Latics prepare to face Reading as Sky Bet Championship action returns to the DW Stadium on Saturday.

  • Wigan Athletic host Reading in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Latics look to return to winning ways ahead of a busy week with clashes against Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers ahead.
  • Paul Cook expected to have Will Grigg back available following injury.

WIGAN ATHLETIC V READING
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2018
DW STADIUM
KICK-OFF 3.00PM

Latics return to Sky Bet Championship action this weekend at the DW Stadium with the visit of Paul Clement's Reading, with Paul Cook’s side hoping to return to winning ways after they remain without a win in four games.

Reading arrive ahead of Saturday’s fixture unbeaten in their last two games, beating Bristol City 3-2 and drawing 2-2 with Ipswich most recently, highlighting their upturn in form. Though, Latics are hoping to turn their fortunes around following their 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough last-time out.

MATCH INFORMATION - OFFICIALS

Referee - Oliver Langford
Assistant Referee 1 - Adam Crysell
Assistant Referee 2 - Nick Hopton
Fourth Official - Leigh Doughty

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEAGUE

Head to Head Wigan Athletic v Reading

EARLY TEAM NEWS

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre in Euxton on Friday morning, Paul Cook said we could see the return of Will Grigg from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since the October international fixtures.

Chey Dunkley, Gavin Massey and Michael Jacobs all remain sidelined.

"We're not going to rush anyone back," Cook began.

"Will Grigg's been training this week and probably will be involved this weekend, but nobody else is close to fitness."

Antonee Robinson is the latest blow for Latics having injured his ankle on international duty with USA, leaving him out for close to four weeks, but Cook insists he won't be using absences as excuses.

"We can't let injuries become an excuse  because every team has good players missing. Injuries and suspensions are all part of the game, we're just feeling it more this season because we went so long last season without many at all.

"This is a tough league, physically demanding and tiring, but if I don't have to, I won't be chopping and changing."

FIXTURE THROWBACK - PROMOTION TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE


PLAYED FOR BOTH QUIZ



LATICS LISTEN - WILL GRIGG, GAVIN MASSEY AND MATT JACKSON


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