Paul Cook has revealed that Wigan Athletic will be without captain Sam Morsy, who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in their visit to Hillsborough, forcing a one-match suspension.
The Latics will be looking to extend their current three match unbeaten streak at the DW Stadium, and after keeping consecutive clean sheets against Charlton Athletic and Birmingham City, Cook’s side will be confident of getting all three points against Forest this weekend.
Long-term absentee Tom Pearce still remains injured, as does attacker Michael Jacobs. While, Bright Enobakhare featured for the u-23s against Coventry City in mid-week as he steps up his recovery from injury.
Speaking to Latics TV, Cook said: “We’ve had a couple of injuries to players you might have expected to see in the starting XI, so we’ll have to make a couple of changes based on that, but we’ll keep our cards close to our chest on that until Sunday.”
If Cook said Wigan would be without two key players last season, Latics fans would’ve been worried as they lacked strength in depth. However, with players like Joe Garner, Anthony Pilkington and Lee Evans ready to step into key areas, it’s less of a worry.
Forest are flying high at the top end of the Championship, and are playing some brilliant football under Sabri Lamouchi – his side have picked up 10 points from their last four league games. Wigan will need to be at their absolute best on Sunday to get a result, which is unlikely without Morsy and two first-team players.
With Kieffer Moore returning to Wigan after scoring his first goal for Wales in their Euro 2020 qualifier vs Slovakia, he will be hoping to score his first Wigan goal too.. Jamal Lowe has also yet to shake off the maiden tag, and will be desperate to do that on Sunday.
In other attacking areas, Josh Windass has been Wigan’s star man so far this season. The former Rangers man scored two on the opening day against Cardiff City, to help his side to a 3-2 win. In their last home fixture, Windass played very well against Birmingham, testing Lee Camp on a number of occasions.
It promises to be a very close encounter at the DW Stadium on Sunday. Wigan are in great form at home, while Forest will fancy themselves against anyone in the league, on current form.