It hasn’t been the easiest few days of preparation for Uwe Rosler and his Wigan Athletic team after the shocking injury news dealt to them on Tuesday with Ben Watson’s leg break against Barnsley, but the 45-year-old says Latics head into the game against Brighton & Hove Albion in a confident mood.
“We’re in good spirits and full of confidence, but we’ve had to get over a very sad injury to one of our key players.
“Getting over what happened to Ben is not easy, but we’ve had time to prepare ourselves and we desperately want to do well for Ben.
“We’re getting a lot of players back towards 100% from injuries, but then something like that happens to Ben and it’s difficult.”
Rosler added that the number players in the treatment room is thankfully starting to dwindle, saying:
“It’s important for us to have everybody back, Scott Carson is not far off now, but Nick Powell is not quite there.
“He (Nick Powell) is not really making that massive step to be back in full training.
“He’s making small steps, sometimes he has taken a step back, but he’s not that far away from where he should be.
“For the future and for Saturday our situation is looking promising though with other players.”
Turning his attention towards Oscar Garcia’s Brighton side, Rosler continued:
“They’ve been a good team this season, but I think they’ll see us as a threat.
“It’s going to be tough to go to Brighton, but we’ve won tough away games recently against Sheffield Wednesday and previously Derby County and Reading.
“We’ve started to build up our away form and beating Cardiff City says it all really.
“There are so many games left for us this season, but we go to Brighton in what I consider is a real six pointer.”
With another big following of around 700 Latics supporters set to travel to Brighton this weekend on the 530-mile round trip, Rosler was full of excitement and hopes to do them proud.
“When I heard that 700 supporters are going to make it to our longest away trip of the season I was very happy.
“We want to get a result for them because it is a really big effort and hopefully we can give them a good performance and make their journey home an easier one with a win.”
Latics fans can still make it to the game against Brighton & Hove Albion, with tickets on sale on the day from the AMEX Ticket Office.