Gary Caldwell insists Sam Morsy has ‘nothing to prove’ as he returns to the Wigan Athletic fold this weekend after suspension.
Morsy missed the 1-1 draw with Peterborough last Saturday due to suspension, after picking up two first-half yellow cards at Millwall the previous Tuesday.
The Wigan players dug in at the Den and managed to hold on despite their numerical disadvantage for a fantastic point, against an in-form side still chasing automatic promotion.
But they were unable to get back to winning ways against struggling Posh at the weekend, with the side getting off to a really sluggish start following a tweak in formation.
Caldwell, though, says Morsy will return to a clean slate when Latics make the long trip south to play rock-bottom Colchester.
“Sam has nothing to prove, apart from to himself,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.
“He’s a quality player who’s made a big impression since he arrived in January.
“He’s made that position in front of the back four his own.
“Him being there allows David Perkins and Max Power to push further forward, and ask questions of the opposition’s defence.
“We missed him at the weekend, we were forced to change the formation, and it took us a while to get going.
“But he’ll be desperate to get back in there this weekend for another big game.”
The Colchester game is another epic road trip for Latics, on the back of the arduous trek down to Millwall last week.
But the manager is simply looking at it as another game in the hunt for promotion.
“Travel is part and parcel of the game these days, and you just have to get on with it,” he added.
“We’ll go down the day before and stay over, and make sure the preparation is as good as it normally is.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game, and we’ll have to be ready for that from the off.”