Latics head to Reading FC aiming to bounce back from Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at Derby County.
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READING FC V WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2019
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Latics head to the Madejski Stadium aiming to bounce back from Tuesday night's narrow 2-1 defeat away at Derby County, whilst Reading return home in a bid to build on their late 2-1 win away at Ipswich Town last Saturday.
Paul Cook's men begin the day in 19th place on 36 points, six points behind Queens Park Rangers in 18th and two points clear of Millwall in 20th below them.
Jose Gomes' Royals sit one place above the relegation zone in 21st on 33 points, outside of the drop zone on goal difference above Rotherham United.
MATCH INFO INFORMATION
Referee - Andy Davies
Assistant Referee 1 - Daniel Leach
Assistant Referee 2 - Geoffrey Russell
Fourth Official - Antony Coggins
HEAD-TO-HEAD - LEAGUE
EARLY TEAM NEWS
Latics have plenty of options in front of them as they hit the middle of a congested fixture list with a trip to Reading FC on Saturday afternoon, but one man who will not be involved is defender Danny Fox, with the former Nottingham Forest man substituted during Latics' 2-1 defeat to Derby County following an injury to his knee.
Kal Naismith was his replacement midway through the first half at Pride Park, but Paul Cook also has the option of Antonee Robinson, who, along with Callum McManaman, Gary Roberts and Shaun MacDonald, earned valuable match fitness in Latics' 2-1 victory against Port Vale in the Central League on Tuesday afternoon.
In his pre-match press conference, the gaffer revealed Latics had been dealt a couple of injury blows this week, but wouldn't go into detail as Latics continue to prepare for Saturday's game.
Wide men Gavin Massey and Michael Jacobs came into the side against Derby as Latics' two changes, with the latter setting up the former for the opening goal. Nick Powell also returned to the squad on the bench and was introduced in the second half.
Should defender Jonas Olsson feature at the weekend, he'll be making his debut for the club.
Jose Gomes was dealt a double injury blow during his side's 2-1 away win against Ipswich Town last Saturday, with striker Nelson Oliveira, who has three goals in six matches, out with a hamstring injury, whilst goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez remains in with a chance of featuring at the Madejski Stadium this weekened.
Elsewhere, strikers Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Sam Baldock remain sidelined.
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