Wigan Athletic midfielders Ben Watson and Chris McCann are making progress in their recovery from separate long-term injuries, according to Latics manager Uwe Rosler.
Watson and McCann missed Wigan’s 2013-14 run-in, which included defeat in the Championship play-off semi-finals to Queens Park Rangers, after suffering a broken leg and a fractured kneecap in February and March respectively.
But while Rosler, who begins his first full season in charge at the DW Stadium after replacing Owen Coyle in December 2013, is pleased with the way the duo have recuperated so far, he does not expect them to be fit for the club’s opening game of 2014-15 against Reading on 9 August and will not take any chances with their fitness.
“Chris McCann is ahead of schedule and Ben is right on schedule,” the ex-Brentford boss told the BBC today.
The former Manchester City, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion striker added: “They will definitely not make it for 9 August. That was never the plan.
“When you’ve been out for that length of time, when they are training with us, it is not automatic that they are ready to play with us.
“They need intense football sessions to get them back to the level they were before they got injured, and that can take months.”