KEITH Curle does not yet have a selection headache, but the head coach is pleased to report the injury situation is easing at Boundary Park.

Latics have been so low on numbers – in the final third specifically – that there was not a recognised striker on the bench in the last two games.

Zak Dearnley is a long-term absentee, having been sidelined since mid-January, George Blackwood and Marcus Barnes have been out for over a month, while Bobby Grant and Serhat Tasdemir have both missed the last three games.

But Curle has not reported any fresh injury concerns on the back of Easter Monday’s win at Crawley, and there is progress being made behind the scenes with those on the road to recovery.

“Everyone that was involved on Monday has reported back fit and available, which is good, and we’ve got players who are continuing their return to training,” said Curle.

“I’ve not quite got the headache stage yet, but we’re getting there.”

Such has been the extent of Latics’ injury problems, with goalkeeper Ian Lawlor’s season ending prematurely last month, Curle has taken the opportunity to give his players an additional day’s rest in between games in each of the last two weeks, with plans to play Burnley in a behind closed doors game shelved to guard against further casualties.

“I like working but I’m not averse to resting them,” said Curle. “What we’re trying to do is when we come into work the players understand that we work at a tempo, which means they’re expected to be at full tilt in training, and then they need to recover afterwards.

“We’re making them understand their profession which means that when they come into work it’s not a kickabout with your mates, you’re trying to take on board information, you’re trying to hit targets physically and also tactically, and I think the players are enjoying it.”