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Wigan defender will be left frustrated as 33-y/o makes timely return ahead of Stoke City trip



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player View’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the situation at hand…

Cedric Kipre will miss Wigan Athletic’s trip to Stoke City on Saturday after picking up two yellow-cards last time out against Brentford. 

The 22-year-old has started the Latics’ last four league matches in the absences of fellow centre-back Charlie Mulgrew and would have been in contention to continue that on Saturday before picking up two yellow-cards in the space of 17 second-half minutes last time out.

With Charlie Mulgrew back in contention and seemingly ready to start against Stoke on Saturday, Kipre could have dealt a big blow to himself and his chances of holding down a regular place in Paul Cook’s side.

Mulgrew is 11 years Kipre’s senior and on the face of things would seem the natural choice between the two but given Kipre’s ability to fill in and perform respectably could have presented Cook with a selection headache.

A clumsy foul against Brentford’s Ollie Watkins saw Kipre given his marching orders thus rendering himself unavailable for selection for the trip to Staffordshire.

Mulgrew now has a chance to impress and nail down his place when he returns to the Latics side and should he do this, it could be hard for Paul Cook to find room for Kipre in the coming weeks.

Kipre featured 38 times for the Latics last season in the league and played a pivotal role in their late season form which saw them avoid relegation to League One.

However over the summer Wigan looked to strengthen their defence and bought in Mulgrew on a season-long loan from Blackburn Rovers.

Mulgrew no doubt just has the edge in the pecking order for Paul Cook and has featured on one more occasion than the Frenchman so far this term.

Although Mulgrew and Kipre have only featured nine and eight times respectively so far this term, one man who has been a constant in Wigan’s back-line is Chey Dunkley.

Dunkley, 27, has featured in 15 of Wigan’s 16 league games and is so far proving Paul Cook’s number one choice at centre-half.

Kipre had partnered Dunkley over the last four games but his sending off before the international break has opened the door for Mulgrew to fit back into the defence.

If Mulgrew impresses Cook then the manager could look to go for his more experienced pairing of the Scotsman and Dunkley and look to Kipre as the third-choice centre-back.

Should this be the case, the 22-year-old may rue his reckless red-card against Brentford.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Wigan defender will be left frustrated as 33-y/o makes timely return ahead of Stoke City trip

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