Wigan are likely to revert to a more familiar line-up for their
Premier League clash with Sunderland after making nine changes in
the FA Cup in midweek.
But manager Roberto Martinez has issues in defence with Antolin
Alcaraz (groin) training but not yet match fit and Ivan Ramis
(knee) ruled out for the season.
The new pair of midfielder Roger Espinoza and striker Angelo
Henriquez are pushing for places but defender Adrian Lopez
(hamstring) and midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat
(knee) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) are still out.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill will hope to have John O’Shea and
Steven Fletcher back at his disposal at the DW Stadium on
The Republic of Ireland defender was rested for Tuesday night’s
2-0 FA Cup third round replay defeat by Bolton after complaining of
tightness in his hamstring, while the Scotland striker missed out
through illness, but both are expected to return.
Defender Kader Mangane and midfielder Alfred N’Diaye could be
included after being ineligible in midweek, although the former is
short of match fitness, but skipper Lee Cattermole is likely to
miss out despite returning as a substitute against Bolton after
aggravating his knee problem.