Fitness tests for pair ahead of Wigan trip

Lewis McGugan and Glenn Loovens face late fitness checks before Tuesday evening’s trip to Wigan.

Loovens sat out the Boxing Day win over Blackpool because of a hamstring injury while McGugan was subbed during the second-half of the win ovesr the Tangerines as he was feeling unwell.

Stuart Gray said Loovens is “touch and go” for the Wigan game and hopes McGugan is fit to play after taking antibiotics to counter his illness.

The Wigan game is also scheduled to be the last loan matches for McGugan and Royston Drenthe before they return to parent clubs, Watford and Reading, respectively.

Gray has indicated they would like to extend both loan periods but he faces possible stumbling blocks with regard to the two players. Watford have already said they will listen to offers to buy McGugan – which could spark interest from other clubs – and new Reading boss Steve Clark may want to recall Drenthe and run the rule over him before deciding on the winger’s future.

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