CHRIS McCann has delivered a timely fitness boost to Uwe Rosler after being given the green light to step up his revovery from injury.
The 26-year-old has been sidelined since March after shattering his kneecap in the FA Cup quarter-final victory at Manchester City.
After months of gruelling rehab McCann can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, after a hugely-positive meeting with the specialist this week.
Given the number of midfielders currently either injured or lacking in fitness – including Ben Watson, James McArthur, Roger Espinoza, James McClean and new-boy Don Cowie – it’s a massive boost for Rosler with the new Championship campaign only 22 days away.
“I saw the specialist on Wednesday and he seemed very happy and very confident that everything’s looking really well with the knee,” McCann told the Evening Post.
“I obviously needed to see him before I increased the training, because you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself, too quickly.
“But the staff here are a good bunch, they know their stuff and they’ve been monitoring me every step of the way.
“It’s a matter of stepping it up now, and over the next few weeks I can really get ready to play again.
“I’ve already noticed the difference – I had a tough day on Thursday, running round in the morning and then doing a lot of gym work in the afternoon.
“It’s just great to be back in amongst the boys, and we’ll need everyone fit and raring to go for the new season.”
McCann will again be forced to watch on when Latics continue their pre-season preparations at Rochdale tomorrow afternoon.
But he will be on the plane when Latics fly out to Germany next week for their second training camp of the summer.
“I went with the lads to Germany the last time and I progressed a great deal with my rehab,” McCann acknowledged.
“Hopefully going back again I can hopefully join in more with the lads and get that little bit nearer to where I want to be. The next couple of weeks is all about stepping back into full-contact and I can’t wait to get going.”
With the lack of available midfielders at the moment, McCann’s return will certainly be music to the ears of the Latics management.
“It’s just one of those funny things that most of the injuries seem to have come in the midfield positions,” the former Burnley man added.
“Nobody could really have predicted that, but the good news is we should all be back pretty soon.”
Wigan’s league trip to Bolton has been brought forward 24 hours to Friday, November 7 for Sky TV coverage.