Jewell eyes Roberts reunion
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Jewell admits he was disappointed to lose the services of Jason Roberts.
Paul Jewell admits he was disappointed to lose the services of Jason Roberts to Blackburn in the summer.
Speaking ahead of his Wigan side's trip to face Blackburn on Sunday, Jewell hailed Roberts's role in the club's ascension up the Football League.
Signed from West Bromwich Albion in January 2004, the 28-year-old went on to score more than 40 goals for The Latics, and Jewell admits he is indebted to the Grenada international for his contribution.
"I saw him when I went to watch the Blackburn v Manchester City game. I've a lot of time for Jason Roberts. He did magnificently for us right from scoring with his first touch in the game at Preston," Jewell told Sky Sports News.
"He played a major part in us getting to where we are.
"I would have liked to have kept him but these things happen in football. I wish him nothing but good luck - except in the two games he plays against us."
Roberts has been laid low with a groin injury in recent weeks, and as such is rated doubtful for a playing reunion on Sunday, but Jewell is in little doubt he will provide a good return on Rovers' £2 million-plus investment.
"He's a good player. I think his all round game has improved as well. He'll be a good signing for Blackburn," added Jewell.
Meanwhile, Jewell is delighted to report a near clean bill of health for the weekend clash, after Lee McCulloch returned to training following a month out with a thigh injury.
"He's [McCulloch] trained this morning and the last couple of days. It will be nice to have all the players back," said Jewell.
"We've only got two long-term injuries - Ryan Taylor, and hopefully he won't be too long, and Steve McMillan. Other than that it's a clean bill of health."