BEN Watson and Chris McCann are ready to hand Wigan Athletic a massive boost by finally returning to action this week.
McCann has been sidelined since March after shattering his kneecap in the FA Cup victory at Manchester City.
Watson’s been out even longer with the badly broken leg he suffered against Barnsley back in February.
But after months of careful treatment and gruelling rehabilitation, both men are on the verge of making extremely welcome returns to the fold.
Wigan’s Development Squad is not scheduled to play this week, but it’s believed a fixture will be specially arranged for the duo to bridge the gap towards a first-team return.
That will be sweet music to the ears of Uwe Rosler following Saturday’s stalemate against Brentford that extended Wigan’s winless sequence to seven matches.
“The good news is that Ben and Chris are not very far away from a return,” Rosler revealed.
“They will play their first game back this week, so obviously we can see reinforcements are on the way.”
With Wales international Emyr Huws succumbing to an ankle problem picked up on international duty, Latics struggled to get to grips with the Brentford midfield from the off.
Adam Forshaw, playing against his old club for the first time since his summer move, put in a tireless shift and never stopped showing for the ball.
But Rosler acknowledged Latics were fighting a losing battle in the engine room that resulted in the visitors creating more chances and going away feeling aggrieved not to have won.
“The first half was very difficult for our two midfielders, they were spending a lot of energy,” the Latics chief recognised.
“They weren’t getting a lot of help from the wide players.
“But Adam always wants to get on the ball, and he is always brave.
“I know he can play better, but I thought he did all right.
“Emyr Huws is an important player for us and not having him available hampered us.
“We missed his technical ability, as well as his power and strength and dynamism.”
Huws is fighting to be fit for tomorrow night’s visit of Millwall, which has taken on even more importance following Saturday’s result.
Skipper Emmerson Boyce is also hoping to be in contention after missing the last two matches with a leg injury.