THOMAS Rogne has admitted breathing a huge sigh of relief after being cleared of serious injury on the eve of the new campaign.
The Norwegian centre-back had to be stretchered from the field after injuring his back during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Dundee United, and was clearly in a lot of distress.
Rogne was making his debut for Latics after being hampered by a calf problem for much of the summer.
But scans have shown Rogne suffered only bruising as opposed to anything more worrying, and he is even hoping to be involved in Saturday’s big season-opener at Barnsley.
“It’s okay, I’m fine,” Rogne told the Evening Post.
“I landed awkwardly on my back, but thankfully it was just bruising.
“I must have landed on a nerve or something because it was really sore at once.
“I thought I’d be all right when I got up, but then I felt this really shooting pain and I couldn’t continue.
“The one goal in my career was never to be stretchered off the field, but I was in so much pain there was no alternative.
“Thankfully the pain has subsided and the problem is not too bad.”
Rogne was even back in training with the rest of the squad on Monday, although he will not be doing too much, too soon and risking aggravating the problem.
“I’ve been told to take it easy for a couple of days but I’m aiming to step it up towards the end of the week,” he added.
“I’ve not given up hope of being involved at Barnsley, and that’s still my aim.”
Wigan’s defeat to the Scottish outfit saw them round off their pre-season schedule with a defeat after five wins on the spin.
Rogne, though, admits the players can’t wait to get going for real as they aim to bounce back from the disappointment of relegation at the first attempt.
“We’ve all worked so hard in pre-season and it’s nice that we’re finally there,” the former Celtic man added.
“The first game of the season is always special, and it’s important to show how we mean to go on and get off to a good start.
“We know it’s going to be so tough to get back out of the Championship, and a good start is imperative to doing that.”