Powell's still in decent Nick - Cook

Wigan Athletic star Nick Powell has been passed fit for Tuesday night's visit of Northampton.
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Nick Powell

The ex-Manchester United man was substituted shortly after opening the scoring on the half-hour mark in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Bristol Rovers.

It was the seventh time in seven league games he has failed to last the course, but manager Paul Cook says it was purely precautionary.

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“Nick’s fit for selection,” revealed Cook. “He’s got fatigue - that’s all it is.

“He’s played so many minutes so far - probably more minutes in the last month than he has for a long time.

“His problem is nothing specific in terms of injury, but it’s coming from the muscles and different stuff.

“He gets tested on his hamstring and his groin on a daily basis, and when you’re playing three matches in a week - on top of the travelling and training - it’s something that needs to be monitored.

“When you’re talking Saturday to Saturday, it’s not an issue.

“But when you’re talking about Saturday to Tuesday to Saturday, it becomes an issue - not just for Nick for all the players.”