Newcastle forward close to a comeback

Haris Vuckic
Haris Vuckic
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Haris Vuckic is close to a comeback for loan club Wigan Athletic.

The Newcastle United forward twisted his ankle on his second appearance for the League One club.

But Vuckic, on a season-long loan at the DW Stadium, could be available for next Saturday’s away game at Bury.

Ninth-placed Wigan, managed by former Newcastle defender Gary Caldwell, are hoping to return to the Championship at the first attempt.

And Vuckic starred on loan for Rangers last season, and Caldwell is hoping the 23-year-old will have a similar impact at the DW Stadium.

Speaking after Vuckic joined Wigan, Caldwell said: “Haris had a great season on loan at Rangers last season, and he’s a quality addition to our forward line, a creative player with an eye for goal.

“Newcastle rate him highly, but he needs to keep progressing and is looking to play as regularly as possible.

“We are delighted he has chosen Wigan Athletic.”