Gary Caldwell insists it’s business as usual for Sam Morsy at Wigan Athletic despite speculation linking him with a move away from the DW Stadium.
The tough-tackling midfielder, who joined Latics midway through last season from Chesterfield, has yet to kick a ball in anger this term.
Morsy has been edged out following the summer signing of Alex Gilbey from Colchester, with a host of League One clubs including Sheffield United and Scunthorpe understood to be monitoring the situation.
However, when asked whether Morsy was in his thinking for Tuesday night’s visit of Birmingham, Caldwell admitted he was still in contention.
“Sam trained on Sunday and Monday as usual with the group,” revealed the Wigan boss.
“We’ll pick a squad for the Birmingham game and go from there.”
However, the arrival from Bournemouth of midfielder Shaun MacDonald’s arrival looks to have pushed Morsy even further down the pecking order.
Morsy watched Saturday’s 3-0 win over Blackburn from the stands having failed to make the matchday squad, with Jordan Flores and Tim Chow preferred as midfield options on the bench.
“We pick a team and a bench for every game, and I thought that was the strongest bench we could pick,” said Caldwell.
“We’ve got a squad here, and I used it as I chose.”