Lanzoni loss leaves Latics light

Last Updated: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:07

Oldham will have to do without Matteo Lanzoni against Shrewsbury at Boundary Park.

The popular centre-back is now out of contract and while Latics boss Lee Johnson wants to keep him, he revealed that others had shown an interest in the Italian, who was forced off in the last game due to a hamstring injury anyway.

With Lanzoni out of the picture for the foreseeable future at least, James Tarkowski will, as he did against Coventry on Sunday, probably drop back into the middle of defence after being utilised in midfield of late.

Striker Danny Philliskirk (knee ligaments) is nearing a return but the prize of playing at Anfield next Sunday looks a more likely comeback date for him while Charlie MacDonald (thigh), James Wesolowski (head) and James Dayton (ankle) are expected to be missing again.

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