Sleepless nights for Caldwell

Haris Vuckic
Haris Vuckic

GARY Caldwell admits Wigan Athletic’s recent upturn in fortunes is giving him sleepless nights.

Latics head to West Yorkshire this afternoon to take on fellow promotion-chasers Bradford City, aiming to extend their unbeaten run to nine matches.

After making do and mending at the start of the campaign, Caldwell now has the luxury of a near fully-fit squad with Slovenia international Haris Vuckic the latest big-name to prove his fitness.

“Everyone’s fit, everyone’s raring to go,” admitted Caldwell, who now has selection problems of a welcome variety to occupy his mind.

“I don’t sleep now on a Friday night. I’m having to pick squads and leave good players out.

“That is difficult – probably one of the most difficult parts of the job. But that’s what I get paid to do so I have to do it.

“You just have to find a way that keeps everyone on board and keeps everyone fighting to get back in the team.

“When you’re winning games, everyone wants to be in the team and that’s great for myself.”

Vuckic, on a season-long loan from Newcastle, hasn’t played since the 3-2 defeat at Port Vale on September 12, but is back in the reckoning.

“Haris is fine, back in full training and he played a bit more in midweek,” revealed Caldwell. “He’s available for Saturday, and that will give us something different to what we have.

“He’s a talent, he has the ability to unlock packed defences.

“We’ve got so many forward options and it’s great for me that, on any given day, I can play a different way in a different style against different opposition.”

Midfielder Francisco Junior is also back in the squad after missing the midweek win at Peterborough due to ‘personal reasons’.