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Latics v Dinamo Bucharest

5 July 2013

Preview of tonight's pre-season friendly

It will be very much a case of a new-look Latics in tonight's pre-season friendly against top Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest at Leigh Sports Village.

Five of Latics' six summer signings will be on view as well as six trialists.

New keeper Mark Oxley is the only one of the new boys not to feature as he has yet to train with the club having only completed his season-long loan yesterday.

But fans will have their first glimpse of arrivals Sidney Schmeltz, James Dayton, Korey Smith, Jonson Clarke-Harris and Charlie MacDonald.

In addition, manager Lee Johnson will have a look at six trialists to see how they perform against top European opposition.

The trialists are:

* Robbie Thompson, a goalkeeper recently released by Celtic.

* Issoumaila Dao, a defender who was formerly of French team Toulouse.

* Danny Racchi, a right back or midfielder recently let go by Kilmarnock.

* Anton Rodgers, a midfielder recently released by Brighton.

* Unnamed Latvian under-21 international centre half.

* Momar N'Diaye, a striker who is a full international for Senegal.

The only absentees tonight will be captain James Wesolowski, who has a slight hamstring strain, Chris Sutherland with a muscle strain, and keeper Luke Simpson as the first-year professional is ruled out by a wrist injury

Thompson and trainee Joel Coleman will each play half the game in goal.

N'Diaye, who last played for Chinese club Beijing Baxy, has overcome a niggling hamstring strain and declared himself fit.

Johnson will be playing two completely different teams in each half as is excited to see how they perform against opponents who have won the Romanian League 18 times and the cup on 13 occasions.

The Bucharest side includes full Romanian internationals Srdjan Luchin, Sorin Stratila, Marius Alexe and Andrei Cristea.

Bucharest beat Scottish League, First Division side Livingston 3-0 on Wednesday in the first of five friendlies in England and Scotland during their two week training camp.

 



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