Wigan Athletic boss reiterates position on 'unavailable' Charlie Wyke

Shaun Maloney insists striker Charlie Wyke remains 'a big part of the group' at Wigan Athletic - and believes he is good enough to deliver on a regular basis in the Championship given the chance.
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The 30-year-old striker has experienced, in Maloney's words last week, 'a unique last 18 months'.

After enjoying a flying start to his Latics following his arrival from Sunderland in the summer of 2021, Wyke suffered a cardiac arrest in November of that year during training at Christopher Park - which almost cost him his life.

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Having been brought back by then-boss Leam Richardson and club doctor Jonathan Tobin, Wyke was sidelined for nine long months before returning at Birmingham at the beginning of this season.

Charlie Wyke remains 'unavailable for selection' at the moment for LaticsCharlie Wyke remains 'unavailable for selection' at the moment for Latics
Charlie Wyke remains 'unavailable for selection' at the moment for Latics

He's been restricted to only 17 appearances this term - nine of them starts - with only three coming since mid-November.

Wyke has been 'unavailable for selection' in recent weeks, and Maloney provided an update on the situation.

"Charlie has been in for training in the gym, but he's still unavailable for selection," he said.

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"It's a really difficult situation, where we're really trying to help Charlie get back to that form he had previously.

"When he's at that level, he's a threat in any league.

"I know he was fantastic in League One, but my opinion is, when he is at his very best, he can definitely do it in the Championship.

"We have to do everything we can to help him get back to his best level, and I'm just happy to see him in, doing his work.

"On a personal level, I like him a lot, and he remains a big part of the group.

"The more that he is here, and involved, the better.

"If we could get him back to the Charlie we all know he's capable of, that would be an amazing outcome."