Early team news: Wigan Athletic v Chorley

Wigan Athletic are hoping to welcome back some of their walking wounded for Sunday’s FA Cup first-round visit of Chorley – with vital cash up for grabs.
John SheridanJohn Sheridan
John Sheridan

At home against non-league opposition, most EFL clubs would ordinarily look to shuffle the pack and give some fringe players a chance.

However, that’s simply not an option, with the 23-man squad Latics are limited to during administration already stretched to breaking point.

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And in the current financial climate, the prize money of £22,629 for winning through to round two – plus around £12,500 from the BBC for interactive coverage – puts added importance on the fixture.

While Viv Solomon-Otabor, Darnell Johnson (both ankle) and Lee Evans (knee) remain out - and loan men Curtis Tilt and Matty Palmer haven't been allowed to play by Rotherham and Swindon respectively - the likes of Kal Naismith, Gavin Massey and Will Keane could come back into the equation.

“It’s a different competition, but we’ll still have the same challenge of getting a squad together to do the job,” acknowledged assistant manager Leam Richardson.

“It’s a daily question of where we’re at in terms of personnel. We’ve got some long-term injuries, but we’ve also got a few who may hopefully be back for the weekend.

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“The fixture against Chorley is a great one, for both towns, it’s a big local derby with the magic of the FA Cup thrown in.

“I’m sure they’ll be coming here to nick a result, but we’ve got to be fully prepared for that.”

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