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Bruce sure of Mido impact

Wigan coach certain striker will shine as fitness improves

Mido: Backed to shine

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Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce is confident striker Mido can have a positive impact at the club between now and the end of the season.

Mido joined the Latics from Middlesbrough in the winter transfer window after he became unsettled in the North East.

The Egyptian striker has netted one goal in five Premier League starts for Wigan so far, and Bruce is backing him to shine as his fitness improves.

He told the Evening Post: "Mido is getting better, I thought he did very well on his own up front against Sunderland.

"The major thing for the big fella is getting him out there on the pitch and keeping him in the right condition.

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"There is no question about his ability - we all know he has got plenty of that. It is his fitness levels which we need to keep improving.

"That will come with regular training, and there are times when he could do with his own personal conditioner, a bit like Chris Kirkland has. We will look at going down that route.

"The good thing about Mido is that everything we have suggested to him, he has agreed with and done. There is loads more in his locker the fitter he gets, that's for sure.

"You saw what he did at Sunderland, it's hard when a striker plays on his own, but their two central defenders knew they'd been in a game."