Speaking at Latics’ base in Ohio on the Wigan Athletic USA pre-season tour, club captain Gary Caldwell took some time away from his rehabilitation to explain his current situation.
Caldwell has travelled with the squad to the United States to continue his rehab, something which he says will be a huge benefit to his recovery.
The Scotsman said:
“I went along to the training ground today with the boys to use the gym facilities, working with the physio to do my strength work.
“The facilities over here are fantastic and it isn’t going to hamper my recovery.
“We’ve got swimming facilities at the hotel we’re staying in and some outdoor facilities over the road so for me there are plenty of things I can do to recover.
“It’s quite a tough time at the moment because I really want to push on but I have to be very careful and do things that my surgeon laid out for me.”
Caldwell had double hip surgery earlier in the summer, something he hopes will remove the problems he faced in the second half of last season.
“I had an operation three years ago and things had been great since then but at Christmas last year I really struggled and I had to take injections to train and play games.
“The manager put me on the bench and I probably shouldn’t have been there but I just wanted to be there because I wanted to be able to give something to the team if I was needed.
“Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to help keep us in the Premier League but hopefully the surgery has been a massive help and I can come back much stronger.”
Describing his stages of recovery, Caldwell said:
“It’s still a long way until I can return to the pitch and I’ll probably be on crutches for another two weeks.
“Once I come off them I’ll have to do some bike work and strength work before I can get back to running.
“There’s still a long way to go but the surgery went really well and the rehab has been on track.
“It’s just a case of taking things slowly and building it up bit by bit so that I’ll be 100% ready when I come back.”
While using the trip to the United States as an aid for his rehab, Caldwell also highlighted that 10 days away together as a squad will be an excellent way to gel the new look team together.
“It’s great to be here with the squad as well because it’s a good time to get to know the new players, staff and manager even more.
“It’s important that we get a strong team spirit together and we’ll be building on all aspects during the time we’re here in the USA.
“Every player who was here last season has a role to make the new players feel welcome and get to know each individual which is a major positive of coming away for 10 days.”
With seven new faces all on the tour, Caldwell said he’s been impressed by the players and by his manager’s swift business in the transfer market.
“Owen’s been very proactive in getting new faces in.
“He came in with a very big job to do in terms of getting players in and creating a squad full of depth and I’ve been very impressed with the way he’s done that.
“The players he’s brought in have been of a really high standard and I think it’s given everyone at the club a real boost.
“The new players have fitted in really easily so far and I think the spirit can only grow and be a big part of our armour heading into the Championship.”