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Gaffer Hopes To Have His Captain Back For Saturday’s Game

20 August 2015

Manager Darren Kelly is hoping to have his captain Liam Kelly back fit for Saturday’s game with Shrewsbury Town.

The midfielder limped out of Tuesday’s 0-0 draw in the second half with a knee injury but the manager is hopeful his captain will be fit for the League One clash with the Shrews on Saturday.

He said: "I’m hoping Liam Kelly will be okay because everything has now settled down. It was a knee-to-knee knock and I’m hoping it will be alright. He will be assessed tomorrow again.

"He is a very positive lad, he is captain and leads by example. The players will want him on the pitch but another 24 hours is crucial. I was speaking to him in length today and he feels absolutely fine. We’ll have to see what he’s like in training tomorrow but we hope he will be alright.

“We have got good quality in depth within the team so it’s a good opportunity for other players to come in and do a job also if he doesn’t make it.”

Saturday sees the return of former midfielder James Wesolowski as he brings his Shrewsbury Town side to SportsDirect.com Park. 

With five points taken from the opening three games of the season, Kelly said: "I’m one of those that reflects on things. I would have liked to have two wins and a draw but we are unbeaten and we are sitting in 10th. 

"We go into the home game with Shrewsbury and hopefully we can show them what we can do and get another three points. We have done our research on them. They have a very good squad with a good manager so they will come and want to get their first win on the board. 

“It is important we go out and play the way we want to play and I have no doubt if we do that we can get the three points."

The 36-year-old reserved his final words for the Oldham Athletic supporters who travelled to Colchester United on Tuesday night. 

“I’m sure people booked it off work and I was told about our fantastic supporters before getting the job but now I’m seeing it for myself,” he said.

“Colchester is hours away but they are still there on a cold Tuesday night, still making noise and still out singing the home support. They get behind the players, support the players and they deserve any success that comes to this football club as well. 

“We need that support on Saturday as well. You have got to win your home games because it is your fortress. The home fans are the 12th man and it is important we click it all together, get three points together and get up the league.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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