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ROGNE PLAYS DOWN INJURY

Rogne (right) watches on as Latics beat Dayton Dutch Lions.

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17:00 18th July 2013

by Nick Taylor

Norwegian defender eases worries over calf injury.

Thomas Rogne has been side lined for the opening two games of Wigan Athletic’s US Tour after he picked up an injury in training a day after arriving in Ohio.

The 22-year-old admits it has been frustrating but ensured that it’s only a short term problem.

“I’ve got a small calf injury,” Rogne said.

“It’s nothing too bad but it was a bit painful last week and I tested it again at the end of the week and felt the pain again.

“It’s just an injury from training hard and a little fatigue in the muscle but it’s nothing serious and it should be okay by Monday.”

Rogne joined Latics fresh off appearances at the U21 European Championships and admits that he may have been too eager to join up with his new team mates.

“I didn’t have much of a break from the U21 Euros so that may have been a factor in picking up a slight injury.

“There was a period of about 10 days between coming back from the tournament and starting here with the club but I was just really desperate to join in right from the beginning.”

The former Celtic man said his time during the tour has been spent recovering but hasn’t hindered his development at the club:

“It’s been frustrating because I’ve only been able to receive treatment and work in the pool and I really want to be out on the training pitch.

“Other than that the trip has been very good for me personally and for the group.

“Everyone is really friendly and the whole club seems like it’s a great place to be.

“I’ve got a lot of things in common with the Scottish guys so it’s been quite easy to settle in.”

Looking forward, Rogne was motivated when speaking about the start of the new season on 3 August.

“It’s exciting to think about the new season because we’re in a lot of competitions which means a lot of chances to play.

“I want to play every week because I want to impress at the club.

“That will take a lot of hard work but I’m willing to do that and of course there may be some rotation due to the amount of games we’ll play.

“We’ve got a lot of players in all positions and a lot of strength but I think that’s something we really need and it’s a big positive which drives everyone to succeed.”

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