Wigan duo ready for Toon
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan's Pascal Chimbonda and Lee McCulloch are fit to face Newcastle this weekend.Wigan have confirmed that both Pascal Chimbonda and Lee McCulloch are fit to face Newcastle this weekend.
The Latics host Newcastle in Saturday's early kick-off - which you can see live on PremPlus - and to have both Chimbonda and McCulloch (pictured) available is a major boost for boss Paul Jewell.
Chimbonda limped out of Wigan's last game with Bolton, but his injury only proved to be a dead-leg - while McCulloch, who has pulled out of the current Scotland squad with a knee injury, will not require any major rehabilitation in order to make the clash.
"Pascal is in full training and is available for the weekend, and while Lee may have had to pull out of the Scotland squad, he's not even having injections on his knee now so he'll be fine," said Jewell.
"The reason Lee pulled out of the second [Scotland] game is because he's not yet ready to play three matches in the space of a week, and seeing how Scotland can't qualify now it makes sense."