Business as usual for Wigan Athletic

Shaun Maloney in action for Latics
Shaun Maloney in action for Latics

WIGAN Athletic’s players were in for a double training session yesterday as they attempt to rise from the ashes of the Bolton debacle.

Latics will spend the international break in the Championship relegation zone after the 3-1 defeat at the Macron that extended their wretched recent run to one win in 12 matches.

And rather than taking it easy with no game until November 22, the squad were put through their paces by boss Uwe Rosler.

Long-term absentees Ben Watson and Chris McCann were among those out on the paddock, and the fortnight off will allow the duo to fine-tune their fitness.

The late substitute appearance by McCann at Bolton – on the back of seven minutes at Brighton in midweek after eight months out – was one of the few positives of an awful night.

Watson, an unused substitute at Brighton, is also champing at the bit, having been sidelined since February with a broken leg.

The break will also give injured trio Emmerson Boyce, Ivan Ramis and Andy Delort the opportunity to get themselves back in contention for first-team recalls.

There were a few notable absentees at Christopher Park, with several players having joined up with their countries ahead of crucial European Championship qualifiers this week.

Shaun Maloney and James McClean are set to go head-to-head on Friday when Scotland take on Ireland, with former Latics team-mates James McArthur and James McCarthy also on opposite sides.

Emyr Huws is with the Wales squad for their massive qualifier away to group favourites Belgium, looking to open up a six-point advantage over Vincent Kompany and company.

William Kvist and Denmark travel to Serbia, while loan star Maynor Figueroa is Asia-bound with Honduras facing Japan and China respectively.

Finally, Ali Al Habsi – on loan at Brighton – and Oman have a Gulf Cup campaign in Saudi Arabia where they’ll take on the UAE, Iraq and Kuwait.