JAMES McClean has become the latest confirmed addition to Wigan Athletic’s walking wounded – with a major question mark also hanging over the fitness of Marc-Antoine Fortune.
The Ireland winger missed last night’s 2-1 friendly victory over Besiktas at the DW Stadium, and boss Uwe Rosler has already ruled him out of next week’s crucial second training camp in Germany.
And Fortune lasted only six minutes of the game before limping off with a hamstring injury which will be scanned later today.
With Shaun Maloney, James McArthur, Ben Watson and Chris McCann already in the treatment room – and Roger Espinoza yet to kick-off his pre-season after playing in the World Cup – the Latics chief could have done without this latest double injury blow.
“James McClean, very unfortunately, hit the ground after a shot during training and twisted his ankle without anyone close by,” Rosler revealed last night.
“He is in a protective boot at the moment, and he will not be able to come to Germany with us. It was a big blow for us.”
With less than a month to go to the big kick-off, Rosler admits the need to bring in new blood is becoming more pressing.
“I hope we will have one or two more bodies in by the time we go to Germany because we need more players,” he recognised.
“It’s the final preparation, with two tough games where we will be looking to play close to the side that will start the season.
“We’re working on one or two things and hopefully by then we will have one, perhaps two, coming in.”
Rosler was far more upbeat when assessing last night’s win over Besiktas – secured by Martyn Waghorn’s brace and thoroughly merited for a professional performance.
“When you play against a side who are in the Champions League, and with the team we put out, it was a positive surprise for me,” Rosler added.
“That game was shown live on Turkish TV, and it was an important night for them because they will shortly play their Champions League qualifier.
“Given the performance we gave against Walsall last Friday, I thought we looked sharper, we looked more comfortable, more compact.
“I thought we were brave and we enjoyed ourselves. It was a good pre-season game that we got a lot out of. It was a big plus for me.”