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Wigan player Gavin Massey and his team-mates have been left without their Captain – Sam Morsy – ahead of Saturday’s trip to Glanford Park, and admitted the midfielder will be a ‘massive miss’.
Morsy plays for the Egyptian national side, and his country have decisive World Cup Qualifiers coming during the international break.
The Latics have two other players away on international duty, too, and had the chance to call the game off – before deciding against doing so.
Iron fans may remember that Morsy was linked with a move to United just over a year ago.
“Sam’s a great player, and he’ll be a massive miss,” Massey told the Wigan Post.
“Since I’ve come in he’s been the epitome of what you’re looking for as a captain.
“He’s been different class, and a real leader of the team.
“Put it like this, you’d stay out of his way in training when he’s on it. He trains the way he plays, he leads from the front.”
Morsy and Egypt face Congo on Sunday, knowing a win – coupled with a draw in the other group game between Uganda and Ghana – would see them qualify for next summer’s finals in Russia.
Young goalkeepers Owen Evans and Matija Sarkic are also away on international duty with Wales Under-21s and Montenegro Under-21s respectively, meaning Latics had the chance to call off Saturday’s game at Scunthorpe, Wigan Post reports.
However, Evans and Wales are only in action tomorrow night, meaning he’ll be back in time for club duty at the weekend – and Latics have elected to fulfil the fixture.
“For me personally, when you have that break, and you have to play the game on a Tuesday night, it’s not the same,” added Massey.
“You find yourself playing catch-up, and you’d rather have the points in the bag than a game in hand.”
The Iron were linked with the signing of Morsy back in Augusty 2016, but despite having a bid accepted, a deal failed to materialise.