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EARLY TEAM NEWS: PRESTON NORTH END V WIGAN ATHLETIC

5 October 2018

The latest fitness and injury news from both camps ahead of Latics' trip to Preston North End.

  • Team News: Preston North End v Wigan Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Only Gavin Massey remains unavailable for selection heading to Deepdale.
  • Dan Burn and Samy Morsy both available to Paul Cook.

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Speaking to iFollow Latics on Friday morning at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre, Paul Cook said he's got his first real selection headache of the season, with only one player in the treatment room ahead of his side's visit to local rivals Preston North End in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

"We're fully fit for the weekend apart from Gavin (Massey) with his rehab. I suppose you could say it's my first real selection headache because we have everyone available.

"Samy (Morsy) comes back into the squad after his rest in the week and we have Dan Burn available for the first time since pre-season.

"Griggy is fully fit now as well. He went away with Northern Ireland carrying a slight injury, so when he came back he needed time to recover. In that time we lost James Vaughan to injury as well, but it was positive in the fact that it allowed Joe Garner to catch up with game time having missed pre-season."

Should captain Morsy come back into the side, the Egyptian international will make his 300th career appearance.

PRESTON NORTH END

As reported on pnefc.net, Darnell Fisher will be assessed ahead of Saturday's game after he was replaced due to a knock in Tuesday's 3-3 draw with Aston Villa, whilst Brandon Barker, who missed the game due to illness, is expected to return.

Josh Harrop and Billy Bodin are both long term absentees with ACL injuries, whilst Callum Woods and Sean Maguire are nearing returns, with the latter back in training this week. Both are expected to make returns after the international break.

Get more build-up to derby day with debut goalscoring hero Jason Roberts, away day favourites with Christian Walton, plus Chey Dunkley's insight into forming a new back four. Tommy Gore also joins Guy Clarke in the studio in the latest episode of our podcast!


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