Wigan v Liverpool preview

Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz could be back in contention to

start against Liverpool at the DW Stadium on Saturday after

returning from his lengthy lay-off.

The Paraguay international played for the last seven minutes of

last week’s win at Reading after a six-month lay-off with a groin

injury.

Fellow defender Emmerson Boyce also came through his comeback

from hamstring trouble unscathed and winger Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) is

close to returning after three months out.

Liverpool are waiting on the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge

ahead of the game.

Sturridge is struggling with a knock and Reds boss Brendan

Rodgers will make a late decision on his fitness.

Long-term absentees Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly remain

sidelined with shoulder and knee injuries respectively.

Philippe Coutinho is set to return to the side after being

cup-tied against Zenit St Petersburg last time out.