BEN Watson is ready to hand Uwe Rosler a timely boost as he closes in on a long-awaited return from injury.
The 29-year-old – Wigan’s FA Cup-winning goalscorer – has been out of action since suffering a badly-broken leg against Barnsley back in February.
But after more than seven months of gruelling rehab, Watson is back training with the rest of the Latics squad and targeting an imminent return to the first-team fold.
“I still don’t want to put a time on it, but I’m back training now, non-contact, and I’ll be back in full training in the next couple of weeks,” he told the Evening Post.
“It’s been a long time out, but I know it’s not long now and I’m really looking forward to it.
“It’s been nearly eight months since I did the injury, and there have been some tough times along the way.
“But I’ve worked hard and I’ve had good people around me, and it will be good to get back and repay them for what they’ve done for me.”
Watson was once again in the stands on Monday night as Latics went down 2-1 to Ipswich – their first home defeat of the campaign.
“There’s nothing worse than sitting there in the crowd watching a game, because there’s literally nothing you can do,” Watson recognised.
“All I can do is be patient, continue to work hard, and hopefully it won’t be long before I’ve got the shirt on again.”
Since Watson last kicked a ball in anger, it’s been all change in the Wigan midfield.
Stalwart James McArthur has left the club to join Crystal Palace, while the likes of Don Cowie, Adam Forshaw, Emyr Huws and William Kvist all arrived during the summer transfer window.
As a result – and with Watson and Chris McCann still on the long-term injury list – Latics have struggled to hit their straps so far despite their pre-season billing as promotion favourites.
But Watson insists good times are around the corner when everything settles down.
“It’s been a little inconsistent at the minute,” he added.
“We’ve got as lot of new players who will take time to bed into the club.
“We’ve had some fantastic performances this season, and also some not-so-good games. But it’s important we all stick together as a club – and not just the players but the staff and the fans as well.
“We as players will be giving it everything we’ve got, and if it’s not happening it’s not for a lack of trying.
“At the minute we’re struggling to find our rhythm, but it will come.
“We’ve got a few players coming back from injury and we’ll get there in the end.”
Wigan’s Development Squad will travel to Nottingham Forest on October 8 for the second qualifying round of the U21 Premier League Cup.