Wigan Athletic head coach Warren Joyce will not be taking charge of Saturday’s match against Blackburn Rovers as he is recovering from minor surgery as confirmed by the club website.

On Tuesday, the former Manchester United coach went under the knife for what was described as a minor but important procedure which needed immediate attention. The club did not go into any extra detail into what the surgery was for, but clarified it meant that he would not be taking training to day.

Despite that and the fact it is unlikely that Joyce will be on the touchline for their match against Blackburn, with Graham Barrow and Andy Welsh set to take temporary charge until Joyce is ready, the club still hope that he will be at the game in some shape or form. For the meanwhile though both Barrow and Welsh will be taking charge of training and probably the match, though they will be in constant discussion with Joyce.

The club statement on their official website said: “The club can confirm that manager Warren Joyce underwent surgery on Tuesday for a minor but important procedure which required immediate attention.”

“He will not be taking training today, Friday, 3 March. The plan is for him to be in attendance in some capacity at Ewood Park for the match versus Blackburn Rovers tomorrow, Saturday 4.”
“In the meantime, Graham Barrow and Andy Welsh will be in temporary charge of the team and will be communicating with Warren as much as possible.”
“We expect Warren to make a full recovery very soon and will continue to offer him all the support he requires.”

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