GARY Caldwell insists this afternoon’s game at Bury is ‘the biggest game of the season’ for Wigan Athletic.
Latics travel to Gigg Lane looking to build on the impressive midweek win at Crewe in the JPT.
A win could lift them into the top six, and would also go a long way towards avenging the Capital One Cup defeat to the Shakers in August.
“It’s the biggest game of the season, without a doubt,” acknowledged Caldwell.
“The next game is always the biggest game of the season.
“But this one does have a big-game feeling to it – similar to last week against Walsall because it was a team above us who we could get nearer to.
“Although a draw was probably a good result for us once we went down to 10 men, this week we want to win and move nearer to the top of the league.”
Latics will again be without Haris Vuckic, who hasn’t played since the 3-2 defeat at Port Vale a month ago. But there is a positive update on the Slovenian’s ankle injury.
“Haris was back in training on Friday for the first time, which is great,” revealed Caldwell. “He came in and made a big impact, and it was disappointing to lose him.
“It’s good to have him back, he’s worked very hard and he’s eager to get back involved as quickly as he can.”
There is also good news regarding Craig Davies’ hamstring problems.
“Craig will be back in full training next week hopefully,” added Caldwell. “He had another slight problem that’s held him back a little bit.
“As we’ve said before, we have to be cautious with his hamstrings.
“But he’ll be back next week and eager to get going again.”
Back in the squad this afternoon will be Jordan Flores, and Caldwell says he has spoken to the youngster following his red card at Oldham that led to a three-match ban.
“Jordan obviously knows he made a mistake, and he’ll have learned a lot from that,” recognised Caldwell. “He played for the reserves on Wednesday and he’s somebody who will be back in the squad and in contention.”