International quandary for Wigan Athletic chief

Wigan Athletic boss Leam Richardson has received mixed news regarding his international brigade ahead of this week’s action.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 11:28 am
Curtis Tilt

Tendayi Darikwa was last week called up by Zimbabwe for their African Nations Cup qualifier against Botswana and Zambia.

But along with the rest of his European-based colleagues, Darikwa has been excused from duty because of the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

On-loan Rotherham defender Curtis Tilt also received his maiden call-up for Jamaica for their friendly against the USA in Austria on Thursday.

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And the 29-year-old - who was born in Walsall but is of Jamaican descent - has expressed a desire to meet up with the rest of the squad, with the travel restrictions in Europe being more relaxed.

Although a huge honour for the player, it’s less than ideal preparation for his manager ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash against Ipswich – Paul Cook and all – at the DW.

“Tendayi was due to go to a registered country, so he’s taken the option of not going,” said Richardson.

“Curtis, I think it’s his first call up, and it’s a bit different. With all due respect we’re not his parent club, and I think it’s a tremendous achievement at his age to get called up.

“He’s taken the option to go, and it’s a situation we’ll be monitoring all week as to whether he makes the Ipswich game or not.”

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