Wigan Athletic’s players woke up in a bit of a fog after the first of their six-day training camp, with their training ground a “very foggy” place after the torrential rain.
The Wigan players woke to “very heavy fog” on their first morning back from the camp, and they were “quite a bit tired” at the start of their first training session on Friday.
Wigan are hoping that they can take advantage of their warm weather on Saturday to continue their progress ahead of their Premier League opener at Sunderland on Saturday.
“We were really keen to get back and see if we can build some more of that intensity, to get a few wins and get into the top four,” said manager Gus Poyet.
After having two players left out due to injury, the club’s other players have also been forced to miss training, with striker Adam Armstrong being ruled out with a knee injury.”
If we do get to that point, we will have the confidence to play a really good game and get in there and put some pressure on them and play our football.”
After having two players left out due to injury, the club’s other players have also been forced to miss training, with striker Adam Armstrong being ruled out with a knee injury.
Poyet said: “Adam’s a really, really good striker and he’s been doing really well, so he’s not out of the picture, but I think it’s a bit too early to say whether he’s a doubt or not.”
“But we’ll see how the game progresses.”
The Hornets, who had only had three of their three starters available to play against Arsenal on Saturday, have also suffered another injury blow with goalkeeper Aaron Cresswell ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a ruptured ACL in his right knee.
With the Hornets unable to play their first game since January, Poyets hopes to have a full squad back by the end of next week.