UWE Rosler wants Ivan Ramis to underline his professionalism and ‘put a shift in’ on his Wigan Athletic return.
Ramis came very close to leaving the DW during the January transfer window, after both Cardiff and Crystal Palace tried to lure him away.
The Spaniard visited both clubs with a view to a permanent transfer, with a switch to the Eagles falling through at the 11th hour on transfer deadline day after a failed medical.
Ramis, currently sidelined with a soft-tissue problem, had only recently returned after missing almost 12 months with a cruciate ligament injury sustained at Fulham last January.
He resumed full training this week with the rest of the Wigan squad.
And despite seeing an instant return to the Premier slip through his fingers, Rosler believes it’s time the 29-year-old reaffirmed his commitment to Latics.
“For Ivan, it’s important psychologically he overcomes the situation, and what happened in the last 10 days,” Rosler told the Evening Post.
“I expect him to be professional about it, as I expect all my players to be.
“They are all employees of this very good football club, which pays very good wages.
“Obviously there is sympathy there, and we did try to help him as much as we could.
“But in return he has to put in a shift in training and convince me that he is ready to play.”
Latics shelled out around £5million when they prised Ramis from Real Mallorca in the summer of 2012.
Because of various injuries, he has made just 23 starts in his 19 months in England.
But Rosler is hoping the defender can make a big impact between now and the end of the campaign.
“Ivan trained on Tuesday with the rest of the squad for the first time since his injury,” the Wigan boss added.
“I don’t think he will go straight into the team against Huddersfield on Saturday, but he is not far off.
“I think what we’ve learned from the past is that he will need some building up before he can play every three days.
“And we will be discussing that with him.”