Bodde training with Wigan

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Dutch midfielder Ferrie Bodde is to join the club for training.

Last Updated: 13/12/12 at 16:44 Post Comment

Ferrie Bodde: Training with Wigan after leaving Swansea in the summer

Ferrie Bodde: Training with Wigan after leaving Swansea in the summer

Martinez signed Bodde when he was Swansea manager in 2007 but he has been without a club since leaving the Welsh side at the end of last season.

The 30-year-old has been blighted by knee problems and last played first-team football in the 2009/10 season and has been training with another of his former sides, ADO Den Haag.

"It is just having him training, for him to see how he feels and how the knee reacts," said Martinez. "It is just to see how he gets back into shape, nothing else.

"I'm sure he wants to work in a group. He has been working with ADO Den Haag for a few months and I think it will be great just to see where he is and how his situation is after a long spell with injuries.

"It is going to be great to see him. I always said he was the best player in his generation and it has been a real shame that out of the players that started something special at Swansea, he is the only one who has not played in the Premier League.

"That is a real shame and I hope that one day he can get that reward. But that is a long way off. "It is important that he gets himself fully fit and sees how he feels. We are going to try to help him in that respect and see if he is fully recovered."

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