EMMERSON Boyce is looking forward to getting back in the groove after a month on the sidelines when Latics travel to West Brom tomorrow.
The dependable defender has been absent since the 3-1 defeat at Wolves on November 5 because his five-year-old son, Jayden, has been seriously ill.
But Boyce junior is well on the way to making a full recovery, meaning Boyce senior is back in the fold.
And the 32-year-old admits it’ll be good to get some degree of normality back to his life after a month of sleepless nights and worrying about his son.
“I came in a couple of days last week and then all this week, and I’m looking forward to just playing football again this weekend,” he told the Evening Post.
“It doesn’t even matter if it’s cold and raining at the moment, I just want to get back out there and get back to normal.
“It’s a massive month for us up to the New Year, and the West Brom game is vital before some big, big teams coming up.
“I know I’ve got to fight my way back in to the team, but I’ve never been frightened of a challenge and I just want to help us pick up some points.”
Boyce has watched on as Latics moved off the foot of the table with a draw against Blackburn and a victory at Sunderland, before they slipped back to the bottom following last weekend’s drubbing against Arsenal.
But the Barbados international believes the team’s current league position is not a true indication of the effort they’ve been putting in of late.
“I don’t think anyone could question the level of most of the performances in recent weeks, we’ve just not been picking up enough points to keep us going,” he added.
“Arsenal was always going to be a tough game last week, but you look at Sunderland and Blackburn and we could easily have picked up six points there.