Wigan star man back in squad to face QPR

Wigan Athletic Huddle

Shaun Maloney has completed his return from injury to travel to QPR with the Wigan team ahead of their Tuesday clash.

Wigan are the form side currently in the Championship, after an unbeaten run of ten games has seen them rise to fifth with a game in hand on the teams above them. 

The spell has coincided with key injuries to players from midfield but Uwe Rosler's team don't look phased by the problems. They were handed a big lift with the news of Shaun Maloney's availability ahead of a fourth against fifth clash tomorrow against QPR. 

The 31-year-old Scotsman may not be fit enough to start against the Hoops but having a player of his importance to the team back will undoubtedly have an effect on the Wigan squad. 

Maloney had been sidelined since September with a hip injury but had scored three goals in five league appearances for the Latics prior to it. QPR manager Harry Redknapp described the match between these two in the Premier League last season as one of the hardest in his career to endure. Though they didn't lose that day, drawing to a 94th minute equaliser from Maloney left them seven points adrift of safety with six games to go. 

It's a timely return for Wigan, who go to a reinvigorated QPR with loan signing Ravel Morrison in stunning form. It should be a tight game and could be won by a single piece of trickery or class – Maloney certainly enhances Wigan's chances of gaining the three points. 

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