The last time Gary Caldwell took to the pitch as a Wigan player was the 3-2 defeat to Swansea City last season, the result which more or less meant the side was relegated from the Premier League. The defender drafted in as our defensive injuries mounted up, yet it was clear for all to see that Caldwell was no where near fit enough.
Now ten months later following surgery in the USA the defender is closing on a Wigan return, and what a time to return, Gary has been a spectator for all of the season, and when the lads need a new impetus the club captain could be ready to take his place back on the pitch. He will however have to show that he is worth a place in the team though.
While the clubs captain closes in on a return, so does one of the teams most creative and talented players.
Shaun Maloney at the start of the season was a beacon of the player who could pull this team through the tough times as we started to slowly but surly build a new team. In his four appearances for the team at the start of the season Shaun hit the net three times and created one goal, showing how important to the side the player would be.
It was apparent though that he was playing when he really shouldn't have been, and against Leicester City Maloney looked like a player in need of help. It was confirmed a month later that the player would undergo hip surgery and be kept out for a minimum spell of three months.
Shaun's return will be a massive boost for this team, and his added attacking talents will defiantly be something to look forward to. As will be the way in which he is deployed by Rosler. Does he play centrally or play as a wide man, some pleasing headaches coming up for Rosler.