The latest fitness and injury news from Euxton ahead of Latics' Sky Bet Championship clash against Queens Park Rangers.
- Sky Bet Championship Team News: Latics v QPR.
- Antonee Robinson, Gavin Massey and Anthony Pilkington returned to training this week.
- Danny Fox, Leon Clarke, Jonas Olsson and Beni Baningime could make debuts after joining this week.
There has been a lot of positive fitness news coming out of the Wigan Athletic Training Centre at Euxton this week, with the return to training of Everton loanee Antonee Robinson following a prolonged spell on the sidelines due to an ankle injury suffered on international duty in November.
The full back was joined by Anthony Pilkington and Gavin Massey in the main training group on Wednesday, adding a 'real buzz' to training, as explained by Gary Roberts in his interview for Saturday's match day programme.
Robinson and Massey won't be involved against QPR, but Paul Cook confirmed that Pilkington will be back in the 18-man squad, with the aforementioned duo set to be available for next weekend's trip to Rotherham United.
Latics continue to be without Nick Powell who recently suffered a set back in his recovery, and captain Samy Morsy will serve the first match of his two-game suspension for a 10th yellow card of the season against Nottingham Forest last weekend.
Darron Gibson, who started Latics' last match against Forest, could continue in midfield. You can catch up with the 31-year-old on this week's episode of Latics Listen.
The DW Stadium could witness four debuts on Saturday, with Leon Clarke returning to the club on loan on Thursday, defender Danny Fox adding further experience following his arrival from Nottingham Forest, midfielder Beni Baningime arriving on transfer deadline day on loan from Everton and Swedish centre back Jonas Olsson signing on Friday in time to be registered for the game against QPR.
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Steve McClaren will have an extra body available on Saturday, with Australian international Massimo Luongo returning from his stint at the Asian Cup, having missed the last six matches.
Positive news out of Loftus Road continued for R's supporters, with on loan striker Tomer Hemed back in training following a hernia operation, and further advances in the recoveries of Angel Rangel (thigh) and Geoff Cameron (ankle), who are both expected back this month.