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EARLY TEAM NEWS: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BRISTOL CITY

20 September 2018

The latest fitness and injury news ahead of Latics' Sky Bet Championship clash with Bristol City.

  • Team News: Wigan Athletic v Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Latics set to make enforced changes for the visit of the Robins to the DW Stadium.
  • Callum McManaman still a doubt after his late withdrawal due to injury on Tuesday night.

Speaking to iFollow Latics ahead of Friday night's Sky Bet Championship clash with Bristol City at the DW Stadium, Latics boss Paul Cook said he will be forced to make changes to face Lee Johnson's side.

"We'll have players missing tomorrow night," Cook began, "but I won't got into that in too much depth.

"Tuesday night has taken its toll on a couple of the lads, but it is what it is and it gives other lads opportunities to come in.

"Would we change the team Saturday-Tuesday-Friday regardless? Probably, yes. Maybe we should.

"We're going to have some enforced changes and that will be decided today (Thursday) and then we look forwards to how we want to play and how we can win the game.

"We've had some bumps and bruises this season. We've just had Michael Jacobs out for four or five weeks, Gavin Massey will be out for a period of time and Dan Burn is just coming back.

"We're going to be a little bit short on Friday night in terms of our usual starting XI, but that gives the rest of the squad the perfect opportunity to show themselves on the pitch.

"We'll have a longer break next week which will allow us to get some of the numbers back.

"This isn't me feeling in any way sorry for us because I'm not. This is what people don't really see behind the scenes."

Callum McManaman missed out on Tuesday night's 2-1 victory against Hull City because of a forced withdrawal from the squad due to injury late on, with Cook yet to learn his winger's availability.

"Callum McManaman isn't out long term, but I'm not sure if he'll make Bristol City. It's disappointing for him because these game periods come around and give players opportunities for lads to get more and more minutes, you only have to go back to the Rotherham game when Cal and Vaughany came on and got us the goal."

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The Robins have had key players missing from the outset this season, with goalkeeper Frank Fielding suffering from an ankle ligament injury, meaning summer signing from Brighton & Hove Albion, Niki Maenpaa has been ever-present between the sticks.

Captain Bailey Wright has also suffered with a recurrence of a thigh injury, whilst Korey Smith has been missing since mid-August's defeat to Middlesbrough with a knee complaint.

According to manager Lee Johnson in the Bristol Post, defender Jens Hegeler and summer signing Mo Eisa are both improving well through their recoveries.

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