One word is circulating around the media and Wigan Athletic currently and that word is fitness. The players apparent lack of it has start to come out from both manager and chairman alike as they start to dissect just what Owen Coyle was doing with the lads in the Wigan squad. After half an hour, against Bolton on Sunday, of Uwe high pressing game most of our players were already struggling.
The rumors that came out of Bolton about Owen Coyle's poor fitness regime worried a few at the start of the season. Well they were very very true.
It now means Uwe Rosler has to both increase fitness and manage players physical health levels. In a time of season where games come thick and fast it won't be at all easy, and results may not be as good as we want them to be. So prepared Wiganers, things may go slightly worse before they get better, hopefully though I am just being to much of a pessimist.
The question has to now be asked who is likely to play for Wigan? If we can keep a winning formula then I think Rosler will go for it. One player who is likely to be rested though is the returning to fitness of Ivan Ramis. The defender will then be in line to play against Reading you would expect.
Sheffield Wednesday will be led by caretaker manager Stuart Gray as they look to build on a win over Waford at the weekend. Sheffield Wednesday, who hadn't won a game in their first 13 games have now won three in their last seven. Another win would lift them out of the bottom three.
Unfortunately for Latics top goalscorer Connor Wickham is going to be fit for the game at Hillsbrough after the player picked up a knock at the weekend. The striker has scored five goals since joining the club on loan at the begining of November.
The striker is the kind of player Latics could do with up front at the moment. Will to work hard for the team by chasing down lost causes and hold the ball up. Plus this guy can find the back of the net. When you watch him play it is no wonder he had been tipped to go to the top of the game.
Another win for Wigan? I would of course like to think so. But this will not be easy, away from home against a team wanting three points. It is going to be close and we will have to fight for every ball.
Keep the Faith!