Don Cowie on a mission

Don Cowie in action for the Development Squad

Don Cowie in action for the Development Squad

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DON Cowie says he’s desperate to make up for lost time as he closes in on a return to the Wigan Athletic midfield.

The 32-year-old is back in the first-team fold after having his start to the season destroyed by a calf problem and the removal of his appendix.

I’d like to think if the manager asked me to play on Saturday, I’m ready and available to do 90 minutes

Don Cowie

He made his maiden appearance of the season at Crewe in last week’s JPT victory, where he played for an hour – his first senior football in five months.

And his absence from yesterday’s Development Squad clash with Shrewsbury hinted at involvement in Saturday’s visit of Colchester.

“I’d like to think if the manager asked me to play on Saturday, I’m ready and available to do 90 minutes,” Cowie told the Evening Post.

“It’s been up to me to get the minutes in where I can and I think I’ve done that.

“It was great to get an hour against Crewe last week, and then being involved in the squad at Bury even though I didn’t get on. Now I’ve had that taste I want more of it.

“It’s been probably the longest period I’ve experienced out of football.

“It’s something new to me, but it’s made me even more determined and eager to get back out there.” Haris Vuckic did play for the Development Squad in their 4-0 victory over Shrewsbury, coming through half an hour as part of his recovery from an ankle problem sustained at Port Vale a month ago.

All four goals - scored by Sean Murray, Danny O’Brien, Sanmi Odelusi and Sam Cosgrove - came inside the last 13 minutes.First-team squad members Tim Chow, Jordan Flores, Jack Hendry and Ryan Jennings also featured.