Duo knocking on Caldwell’s door

Grant Holt
Grant Holt

GRANT Holt and Don Cowie are hammering on Gary Caldwell’s door ahead of Wigan Athletic’s trip to Bury this weekend.

The duo made their long-awaited first-team returns off the bench in midweek at Crewe - Holt after 10 months out with a serious knee injury and Cowie following a five-month absence through a calf problem and appendicitis.

Grant provided the team with a bit of impetus at Crewe in terms of his hold-up play and his experience

Gary Caldwell

Both came through unscathed, and boss Caldwell admits they are very much in his thoughts for Saturday.

“They are,” he said. “They played very well, so they both will be in contention.”

Holt in particular caught Caldwell’s eye in the 3-2 JPT triumph at Gresty Road.

With Will Grigg away on international duty with Northern Ireland, he’s in line to make his first league appearance for Latics since Boxing Day 2013.

“Grant provided the team with a bit of impetus at Crewe in terms of his hold-up play and his experience,” Caldwell enthused.

“He made good decisions at the right time and that’s what he brings.

“It’s as good as I’ve seen him look in terms of his movement.

“He lasted the half-hour well, it’s another step closer to his full fitness, and he’s a step closer to starting.”

Cowie made an earlier-than-appearance when Chris McCann damaged his groin in the first half, but the Scot’s performance encouraged his manager.

“It was great to get him on,” admitted Caldwell. “I didn’t expect him to play so long.

“It’s great to get him more minutes, and it can only be good to have that experience back in the squad.”