Caldwell: No holiday camp

Wigan skipper Gary Caldwell has assured the club’s supporters

that the players are not treating their trip to Tenerife as a

holiday.

The Latics squad is currently on a warm weather training camp in

the Canaries but some of the players came under fire for posting

pictures of themselves relaxing by the pool on Twitter.

That prompted Caldwell to issue a statement on the club’s

official website on behalf of his team-mates.

He said: “Like many other teams at that time of year, we have

travelled abroad to undergo a warm weather training camp.

“We are training twice a day in the heat and the squad is really

being put through its paces, more so than we probably could have

done at home, judging by the temperatures back there.

“Some of the long-term injured boys have travelled with us too

and there is a fantastic spirit of togetherness in the camp when we

go away on trips like this, the sort of spirit that got us through

last season and will help this one too. We’ve been on similar trips

before to Oman and La Manga and it’s always worked for us.

“Obviously, you need your downtime, but we realise that one or

two pictures of players lying by the pool that appeared on Twitter

may have come across as disrespectful to our supporters, and so we

have decided ourselves as a group to take them down to avoid

confusion.

“I can assure each and every one of our fans that the players

are totally committed and focused on the fight to keep our club in

the Premier League.”

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