The latest news from the Wigan Athletic Training Centre ahead of Latics' clash with Bolton Wanderers.
- Sky Bet Championship Team News: Latics v Bolton Wanderers.
- Latics prepare to host Phil Parkinson's Trotters at the DW Stadium.
- Danny Fox and Anthony Pilkington continue recoveries.
Latics return to the DW Stadium aiming to build on their strong Sky Bet Championship home form when Bolton Wanderers visit on Saturday, with Paul Cook likely to add to his squad options with the return to availability of Nathan Byrne who missed out on Tuesday's visit to Ewood Park due to illness.
Midfielder Lee Evans, who has been named in the Wales national squad for upcoming matches this month, was Byrne replacement, with Reece James reverting to right back.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, the manager confirmed that he will be without defender Danny Fox and forward Anthony Pilkington until after the international fixtures, with the pair continuing their recoveries from knee injuries.
Should Callum McManaman feature this weekend, the winger will join Latics' 100 Club for EFL appearances.
With derby day upon us, both Joe Garner and captain Samy Morsy have been discussing the game on the latest episode of our podcast, Latics Listen. Hear what they had to say below.
Phil Parkinson welcomed a trio of players back into his squad for Bolton's 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in the week, with David Wheater, Jason Lowe and Craig Noone all returning the match day squad following suspensions.
Defender Wheater was an unused substitute as Jack Hobbs and Mark Beevers continued their partnership at the back, with Lowe featuring in midfield for the full 90 minutes and Noone getting 66 minutes upon his return.
Despite what Parkinson says are 'bumps and bruises' to his squad, his only injury concern remains with former Latics forward Yanic Wildschut whose return date from a serious ankle injury is yet to be determined.