Dougie delight at injury all clear
AFTER weeks of doom and gloom on the injury front Dougie Freedman finally had some good news to pass on to Wanderers fans yesterday.
Marc Tierney, David Ngog, Craig Davies, David Wheater, Tim Ream and Chris Eagles all came through a full training session to put themselves into contention for today’s Lancashire derby with Blackburn Rovers.
And while the Whites boss is keeping fingers and toes crossed that it remains the case until kick-off at Ewood Park, he reckons that for the first time this season he could name his strongest 11.
“Barring the long term lads I’m happy to say everyone is out there,” he said. “It’s probably the first time that has happened for me. We’ve still got to get to 3 o’clock and the whistle blow because anything could happen but as we speak we are looking good.”
Chris Eagles could start his first game since the opening day of the season at Burnley having completely shaken off the ankle problem he picked up at Turf Moor.
Wanderers have missed the playmaker – even though his return has come at a cost to the peace and quiet of Euxton.
“Well the noise levels are up a bit now he’s back,” he joked. “He’s certainly a character we’ve missed having around the place.
“Having him is a boost, same with David (Ngog) who had been struggling a bit with a minor injury and his training hadn’t been great. So with everyone on board I think I have got a strong squad for Sunday.”
Freedman recognises the importance of heading out for the international break on the right note and feels with most of his personnel available, Wanderers can finally kick off their season after failing to win any of their first four games.
“I think this game comes at a good time for us,” he said. “I think we are performing okay but we are not getting the results therefore a local derby is just what we need. “When I have got a fit and healthy squad then I have got quality players. We are well capable of going and winning games.
“All I have to do is make sure that I have got the right team out there.”