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Wigan Athletic forward Josh Windass was left out of the 18 man squad that faced Bristol City on Sunday.
It was thought that Windass was missing after a reoccurrence of the calf injury that saw him miss two months of action. However, his father, Dean, later confirmed via Twitter that son Josh didn’t have a calf problem.
Josh didn’t have a calf problem today , not true 👍🏼
— Dean Windass (@DWindass10) October 27, 2019
Worrying signs for Latics fans: why would one of their best players not be involved if he wasn’t injured? They can only assume there’s a problem behind the scenes.
The tweet suggests Windass is being frozen out of the squad, however there’s two sides to every story and we don’t know why it has happened, if it has at all.
Whatever the situation, Cook needs to sit down with Windass and find a solution. He is too important to be sat on the sidelines. Last season was a frustrating one for Windass, Nick Powell occupied the ‘number 10’ role for the majority of the campaign, forcing him to play out of position.
After Powell departed to Stoke City in the summer, Cook put faith in Windass and offered him the opportunity to nail down his place in the starting 11. The former Rangers forward was brilliant on the opening day against Cardiff City, scoring a goal and terrorising their defence throughout.
Unfortunately Windass suffered a calf injury later that month, which ruled him out for two months. In that time, Latics looked very poor when attacking in open-play. Although they dominated possession in a majority of games, they struggled to find a quality final ball, which Windass usually provides.
Wigan should’ve won their last two matches comfortably, but their final ball just lacked quality and they were made to pay. With Windass in the team, it’s likely they would’ve won both matches. He’s a match winner and a player that Wigan need playing as much as possible.
It’s a mystery to Wigan fans as to why he’s missing from the squad. Perhaps he has injured his calf again, or maybe there is more to it and there’s problems behind the scenes.
Either way, Wigan need him back on the pitch as soon as possible, or the confusion will lead to more questions from the terrace.