Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Monday November 9 2009
Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez was delighted to see long term absentee Erik Edman return to the starting line up yesterday in his first Premier League start since damaging knee ligaments away at Blackburn Rovers on 22nd March 2008.
Although Edman has featured on the bench and made starts in the cup`s Maynor Figueroa`s superb form at left back in his absence has kept the likeable Swede from making a complete recovery from the horrendous injury he suffered, but now the tables have turned slightly and Figueroa will spend the next few weeks on the treatment table allowing Erik the chance to claim back his place on a more permanent basis.
The classy 31 year old did a good job yesterday, though he did look a little rusty in the opening stages Edman oozes class and once he`d settled it was like he`d never been away, unfortunately not match fit he tired late on and was replaced by Scott Sinclair on 78 minutes with Charles N`Zogbia filling in at the back.
Roberto was obviously thrilled to have Edman as an option and speaking to the press he said: 'He has been working very hard behind the scenes, and his play showed that he was ready to return.
'Mentally he is very strong, and we just had to protect him a little bit. But I was very pleased to see him back on the pitch and enjoying his football.'
Fans Forum Ticket Competition
Vital Latics have two tickets on offer for the up and coming Wigan Athletic fans forum to be held at the DW Stadium in the DW Fitness Lounge located in the South Stand on Tuesday 17th November 7pm kick-off.
The fans forum will give supporters the opportunity to meet and question manager Roberto Martinez; also there is a hotpot supper included, now that does make the mouth water.
Full details of the event are on the official site and can be viewed by clicking here
The event has always proved very popular in the past so if you want to be the lucky winner of two tickets, supplied by Wigan Athletic, then answer the following question and enter via link provided, closing date 10th November 5 pm.
Who is Roberto`s assistant manager:
a) Graeme Jones
b) Steve Bruce
c) Arsene Wenger
To enter click here
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Date:Monday November 9 2009
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