UWE Rosler is sweating on the fitness of FOUR Wigan Athletic players ahead of tonight’s crunch clash with Millwall.
The Latics chief will give the quartet until the last possible moment to prove their fitness, given the huge stakes surrounding the game.
Latics moved up a couple of places to sixth-bottom in the Championship courtesy of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Brentford, although they remain only one point above the relegation zone.
Victory tonight would see Latics leapfrog the Lions, who are currently a place and two points better off.
But Rosler’s preparations for the game have been far from ideal.
“I have four players who will require fitness tests ahead of the game,” he admitted.
“Emyr Huws is one, I will not say who the other three are.
Two of them I am sure will come through, we hope all four will.”
Skipper Emmerson Boyce is definitely out with the ankle injury he sustained against Nottingham Forest last month.
Millwall recorded the double over Latics last term, a 2-1 victory at the Den just before Christmas being followed up by a 1-0 win at the DW towards the end of the campaign.
“The away game was the first I watched after taking over– I was not in charge but I was in the stands,” Rosler acknowledged.
“Obviously the game here ended our decent run at home, and since then Millwall have moved on again.
“Their manager (Ian Holloway) knows the league inside out, and he has put together a very hard-working, fearless team that will fight for each other.
“You can see the passion on the sidelines in the manager, and you see the same things on the pitch in his players.
“That is what we will have to try to match on the night.
“I watched three of their games on Monday morning, and I am expecting them to be very energetic, very willing to run – which is a basic contributory factor in football. Statistically there will be 88 minutes of a game where you won’t have the ball, and only a maximum of two minutes with it, so you have to be ready to run without the ball.
“They have a lot of that in their side.”
Huddersfield boss Chris Powell has signalled his desire to extend the loan spell of Latics striker Grant Holt.
The Terriers have won three and drawn one since Holt arrived from the DW.
“I hope something could be organised and sorted out,” said Powell. “I think I’ve more chance of playing for Uwe than Grant does.”