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EARLY TEAM NEWS: NOTTINGHAM FOREST V WIGAN ATHLETIC

25 January 2019

The latest from both camps ahead of Latics' Sky Bet Championship visit to Nottingham Forest.

  • Sky Bet Championship Team News: Nottingham Forest v Wigan Athletic.
  • Cedric Kipre cleared to play after picking up a knock against Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Latics without Will Grigg for two to three weeks.

Speaking to iFollow Latics on Friday morning ahead of his side's trip to Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship, Latics boss Paul Cook said it's been a difficult week, but urges everybody to head to the City Ground with positivity as he and his players aim to replicate the performance that earned Latics a 3-0 victory against Aston Villa two weeks ago.

"It's been a tough week following on from Sheffield Wednesday," Cook began.

"We're without Will Grigg for two or three weeks, but I'm happy to say it's not as bad as we first feared.

"Anthony Pilkington had some bruising from the injury that forced him off and he hasn't trained this week, but there's an outside chance he'll be available for Saturday.

"Cedric (Kipre) also came off at full time with a knock, but he's absolutely fine to play and will start at the back as usual with Chey (Dunkley)."

You can hear from the central defensive duo, as well as Kal Naismith and Latics legend Arjan De Zeeuw on this week's episode of Latics Listen below.



"I don't want to focus on the injuries too much, Cook continued. "We all know that's part of football and injuries happen. I'd rather focus on us being positive heading into the game and working towards the consistency we all want.

"Let's put on a display like we did against Villa and be as positive as we can. We want to score goals and win games, that's what we always set out to do, but we also have to start keeping clean sheets away from home and cutting out these marginal mistakes."

In other news, Nick Powell (calf) continues to recover from a set back suffered last week, with Gavin Massey (hamstring) also on the comeback trail.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Martin O'Neill is low on defensive options due to long term injuries to Michael Dawson and Michael Hefele, with Tobias Figueiredo working towards full fitness, which means January addition Yohan Benaloaune is expected to start at centre half for the second consecutive game.

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