Caldwell pumped up for relegation scrap

Gary Caldwell (right)

Gary Caldwell (right)

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GARY Caldwell says he is ready, willing and able to lead Latics’ survival bid.

The skipper has had a watching brief for much of the last few weeks, after overcoming a recurrence of a hip problem.

But with injuries sidelining Maynor Figueroa and Antolin Alcaraz – in addition to long-term absentee Ivan Ramis – Caldwell’s return to fitness could not have come at a better time for Latics.

“All you can do when you’re out of the team is keep working hard and being ready for when the opportunity arises again,” Caldwell told the Evening Post. “Everyone is this squad has a massive role to play between now and the end of the season.

“Everyone has to be ready for when the gaffer decides it’s right to go in, and that’s definitely the case with me.”

Latics are five points adrift of safety with four games remaining, but Wigan’s reigning Player of the Year insists all is not lost yet.

“We’re looking at every game between now and the end of the season as one we have to win, and we believe we can do that,” he added.

“We’ve been down there and managed to get out of it for the last few years, and we’re bracing ourselves for it going all the way again.

“It’s in our hands, and we have to have a real belief that we can still get out of it.”