Tuesday Mar 03, 2020. 15:00
Egypt international Samy Morsy is keen to ensure that Wigan Athletic retain their status in the English Championship.
The defensive midfielder says Wigan players are drawing motivation in their battle for Championship survival from their teammate Chey Dunkley.
Dunkley suffered a fractured tibia and fibula in Wednesday night’s 3-0 victory over Reading and underwent successful surgery in London on Friday.
Morsy scored the winner as Latics beat Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday, to make it three wins in a week for Paul Cook’s side.
And the Wigan captain says the injury to Dunkley only provides further motivation to the players.
“Chey is a massive part of the group. He is one of our top goal-scorers this season and he has been brilliant over the last few years,” Morsy told the club’s official website.
“It is really unfortunate; but he is with us on this journey, though, and it was nice to show the support with the t-shirts before the game.
“We have to use [Chey’s injury] as motivation; he is a big part of the squad, not just as a player but on a personal level too,” he added.
“He is a great friend of mine, a really popular member of the squad but these things happen and it is really, really sad, albeit a lot better than first expected
“And he will be pushing the standards in his recovery and will inspire the rest of the group to keep working hard.”
Wigan are placed 19th on the league standings – two points above the relegation zone.