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Shaun MacDonald

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

17/06/1988

Height

185 cm

Signed

13/08/2016

Country

Wales

Classy Welsh international midfielder who tragically suffered a double leg fracture in April 2017 and is due to return to action late in the year.

MacDonald joined Latics for an undisclosed fee in August 2016 from AFC Bournemouth, signing a three-year deal and was a virtual ever-present until his unfortunate leg-break at Reading on the penultimate day of the 2016-17 season.

He made his debut as a second half substitute in the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at the DW Stadium and was one of the few real success stories of a difficult campaign in the Sky Bet Championship for Latics, playing as a sitting midfielder just ahead of the defensive line and eventually making 39 league appearances.

He scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser at Elland Road against Leeds United in October 2016 with an instinctive volley to open his account for the club.



The worse was feared when a serious-looking knee injury forced him to be stretchered off in the early moments of the match at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers in March 2017, but such was his determination that he only missed one match.

However, after receiving attention on the pitch at the Madejski Stadium for 12 minutes following a tackle early in the match versus Reading, he was stretchered off and taken to hospital for immediate surgery.

Interim Latics manager Graham Barrow described him as ‘the ultimate professional’ as MacDonald refused to apportion blame for the incident that led to a double-fracture to the tibula and fibula.

He has been working hard on his rehabilitation and is targeting a first team return towards the end of 2017.

CAREER SO FAR
Swansea-born MacDonald was part of the Cherries side that progressed from League One to the Premier League.

He came through the ranks at Swansea City, making a total of 24 appearances. He had four separate loan spells at Yeovil Town between 2009 and 2011, making a total of 70 appearances for the Glovers before sealing a permanent move to Bournemouth in 2011, whom he played for 84 times until his move to Latics.

He has represented Wales at Youth, Under 21 and won four full caps, the last of which came in a Euro qualifier against Ukraine in March 2016.

MacDonald appeared at the DW Stadium for Bournemouth in their 3-1 Sky Bet Championship win in February 2015. 

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