MARTYN Waghorn admits the last month has been pure torture as he works his way back to full fitness.
The Latics forward has not been seen since the 1-0 defeat at Brighton at the beginning of November, having suffered a freak shoulder injury in training.
Much has happened since then, not least the departure of Uwe Rosler and the arrival of Malky Mackay in the managerial hotseat.
“It’s annoying I’ve not been able to show the new manager what I can do,” he told the Evening Post.
“It’s been difficult, but it’s up to me to keep working hard and get myself back ready to play again.
“I’ve been in the gym every day, on the bike and doing the running, I’ve just had to keep the shoulder stable.
“My fitness hasn’t suffered much, it’s just the match sharpness I’ll be needing.”
Waghorn’s frustrating campaign has mirrored the team’s as a whole, in stark contrast to last term when both he and the side could do little wrong after Christmas.
“I had a great start to my Wigan career last season, and it’s been difficult for me the way things have gone this year,” he acknowledged.
“The injury has knocked me back, but I’m desperate to get back in there and show what I can do.
“I believe in myself, and I’ll be coming back at a good time, with plenty of games and plenty of points to play for.
“I got the injury during the international break so I was lucky that there was no game for the first two weeks anyway.
“It was an innocuous challenge in training, I’ve tripped over and landed on my shoulder and done myself some damage.
“I’m only around a week or so away, and the games are coming thick and fast now and I can’t wait to get back in there.”
Latics will find out today if they have won a £250,000 bonanza courtesy of the Sky Bet Transfer Fund competition. Latics fan Matthew Peat, from Glasgow, was selected at random along with nine other football fans from around 70,000 customers of the betting firm.
Tickets for next month’s FA Cup third-round trip to Bolton went on sale this morning (Tuesday) to Latics season-ticket holders.
Any remaining tickets will go on general sale next Monday to supporters on the database.
Tickets are priced £15 adults and £5 concessions.