Wigan Athletic will be without midfielder Kieran Dowell for the trip to Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.

The Everton loanee was stretchered off in the Latics’ 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium, and early fears were that he would miss the rest of the season.

Young forward Joe Gelhardt made his first competitive Championship start but is now a doubt for the trip after picking up a dead leg on Tuesday.

Paul Cook confirmed the double injury news for his side in a press conference on Friday, as he updated the condition of a number of his players.

“It’s tinged with a bit of disappointment, obviously with the Dowell injury,” he said.

“Joffy [Gelhardt] also had a dead leg.

“We think he’s [Dowell] only going to be out for four weeks at the minute which is really pleasing because we thought it was a season-ending injury.”

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With Kalvin Phillips missing through suspension, Mateusz Klich stepped up defensively against Millwall. Should normal roles be resumed on Saturday, the Pole will have one less attacking midfielder in Dowell to worry about.

Dowell has completed 2.3 key passes per game according to WhoScored, more than double the amount of anyone else in the Wigan squad – highlighting the creativity they will be missing at Elland Road.

Klich made NINE ball recoveries on Tuesday, but without Dowell, he could have free-reign to concentrate more on attacking than defending next time out.

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