CRAIG Davies is being wrapped in cotton wool this week with Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell determined to ensure he returns ‘stronger then ever’.
The 29-year-old was a late cry-off for last weekend’s 2-1 win over Fleetwood after tweaking a hamstring in training.
We’re staying cautious with Craig, because he’s such a powerful, explosive player and with hamstrings you have to be carefulGary Caldwell
For a player who has been plagued by that injury during his career, alarm bells would have been ringing in and around the DW Stadium.
But Caldwell is adamant his medical team’s ‘magnificent’ work with Davies will ensure he’s back in the fold sooner rather than later.
“Craig is jogging with the physios and the fitness coaches, and they’re progressing him,” revealed the Latics chief.
“We’re staying cautious with Craig, because he’s such a powerful, explosive player and with hamstrings you have to be careful.
“We knew his history when we signed him, and I have to say the fitness coaches and the physios have done magnificent with him.
“The actual injury he has now is on the other leg and is very minor for a hamstring injury. We’re looking after him very well and I’m sure he’ll be back stronger than ever.”
There was also a positive update regarding Will Grigg, who missed the Fleetwood game with an elbow injury, as well as club captain Craig Morgan, who has been out for nearly a month with a shoulder problem.
“Will is training with the team in non-contact, as is Craig,” reported Caldwell.
“Will’s injury itself is okay but, because it’s so weak, he’s still very much at risk of doing further damage if he had a big fall. Again, it’s just a case of being careful with them.”
While it would be a major surprise to see either Davies or Grigg feature at Oldham on Saturday, Caldwell is not concerned at his options – or lack of – up front.
Jordy Hiwula was the only senior centre-forward available to face Fleetwood, ploughing the lone furrow until being replaced by Sanmi Odelusi in the final quarter.
Caldwell believes Odelusi, usually at home on the flanks, has a role to play in the current predicament, and rejected recent national media reports he’d been told he could find a new club despite only arriving over the summer.
“He’s not been told anything by me,” replied Caldwell.
“He missed a chance on Saturday but, apart from that, I thought he was excellent.
“I told him to hold the ball up, work hard for the team and try and get us up the pitch – and he did that. I don’t think playing up front on his own is his natural position – or Jordy for that matter – but both were wiling to do their best for us.”
Caldwell admits he is ‘always looking’ to bring in new blood, either on a loan basis or free agents.
Former Manchester United and Bolton winger Chris Eagles has been training with Latics this week.
The 29-year-old is without a club after leaving Charlton – for whom he scored at the DW last term during the Addicks’ 3-0 victory.