Bruce - No Scharner fall-out

Latics boss to speak with defender; Palacios raring to go

Scharner: Set for Bruce talks

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Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce has insisted he has not fallen out with defender Paul Scharner.

Scharner has been quoted as saying that he and his manager are 'not getting on well at the moment'.

The comments follow the Austrian's return to represent his country after a prolonged spell away from the international scene.

Scharner has started just three Premier League games this season and claimed he was 'paying the price for making my national comeback', but Bruce is adamant that this is not the case.

Tangents

Bruce told the Wigan Observer: "I've seen Scharner's comments coming from somewhere, and I'll try and put that right. I've had no fall-out with him at all.

"He goes off on tangents sometimes as players do. There's been no fall-out at all. I tried with the previous manager to get him in the Austria squad, because I wanted him to go and play in the European Championships.

Palacios

"I tried my utmost to make that happen with Josef Hickersberger. As far as a fall-out goes, no chance. My job is about the team and the club and to pick what I think will get us a result."

Meanwhile, Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios has vowed to return from international duty raring to go as the Latics prepare to face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

He said: "I feel good to play Liverpool. I'm looking forward to playing against Liverpool. I will be ready."