Return of the Jedi like a new signing for Wigan Athletic!

Antonee Robinson is champing at the bit after almost five months on the sidelines – and ready to be a ‘big asset’ in Wigan Athletic’s run-in.
Antonee Robinson in action at EuxtonAntonee Robinson in action at Euxton
Antonee Robinson in action at Euxton

That’s according to Kieran Dowell, who’s been delighted to see his former Everton colleague flying after returning to full training at Euxton.

Robinson had looked set to leave Wigan during the January transfer window, only for his dream move to AC Milan to collapse at the 11th hour during the medical.

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After weeks of treatment and monitoring, Robinson has been given the green light to return to action – and Milan’s loss could well be Latics’ gain.

“It’s great to see Antonee back in training,” enthused Dowell. “Obviously it’s been a tough time for him, he was a bit in the dark about what was happening, especially during the lockdown.

“But he’s looking great in training and he’ll be a big asset in the last nine games.

“He was obviously a big factor in me coming here in January, and it’s great to have him back on the field.”

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Ironically, Robinson’s ‘farewell’ outing in a Wigan shirt – the 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on January 28 – was also Dowell’s last sighting.

The on-loan Everton man was stretchered from the field with an ankle problem, which he’s now thankfully over.

Both have rejoined a Latics squad preparing for Saturday’s clash at Huddersfield, boosted by a number of behind-closed-doors outings over the last fortnight.

“It’s been good to have a couple of games against other sides, rather than just sessions at the training ground,” Dowell acknowledged.

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“We’ll be better for having those under our belts heading into the Huddersfield game.

“There’s definitely confidence in the squad that we can finish the job of staying up.

“The lads have proved they can beat the best teams in this league, like Leeds and West Brom.

"We’ve now got to try and find that momentum we gained during that run as quickly as possible.”