LATICS boss Uwe Rosler has revealed he is still actively seeking attacking reinforcements ahead of the new campaign.
Rosler has already made five summer signings to date, while club captain Gary Caldwell last week signed a new 12-month contract.
But with Shaun Maloney having joined Ben Watson, Chris McCann and James McArthur in the treatment room – and new-boy Don Cowie playing catch-up fitness-wise – Rosler admits he is looking to bring in more new faces.
“I think when you look at the situation, especially with the long-term injuries, it’s clear there is room to do something,” Rosler told the Evening Post. “I’m looking at the midfield and also central striking positions, and we will continue to look for options there.
“Whether that will be permanent signings or loans for six or 12 months, we will have to wait and see.”
With less than a month to go before the big kick-off against Reading on August 9, Rosler recognises the situation is far from ideal.
While Watson and McCann were always going to miss the start of the season, the calf problem picked up by McArthur at QPR in the final match of last term was expected to have cleared by now. And Rosler could certainly have done without Maloney pulling up lame on the recent tour of Germany with a calf strain.
“I would be more satisfied if the midfield situation was looking a little bit healthier, if we had more players available,” he acknowledged.
“But sometimes you have to deal with things and that is the case at the moment. I had hoped James coming back from his holiday would have been ready by now, but he needs a little bit more time to recover. What happened with Shaun was unfortunate, but that can happen in the game at any time.
“Don Cowie has come in but he is a little bit behind the others and we don’t want to risk him in a game too early.
“In general he is in good shape and I think he will be available for the Rochdale game next weekend.”
Before then, Latics will face Turkish giants Besiktas tomorrow night at the DW Stadium, with Rosler conceding his side will have to raise their game from the behind-closed-doors friendly against Walsall last Friday that ended goalless.
“Besiktas will be another test of where we are, and we will have to be much better than we were on Friday night,” the German added.
“It’s a big opportunity for our players - particularly some of the younger lads - to make an impression ahead of the new season.”