Wigan v QPR preview

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is set to be without four central

defenders for Saturday’s key Premier League clash with QPR at the

DW Stadium.

Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Ivan Ramis (hamstring) are injured

while captain Gary Caldwell and Maynor Figueroa are both suspended

after the Football Association rejected Wigan’s appeal against the

latter’s red card in Monday’s 3-0 defeat by Newcastle.

The Latics also have other injury problems, with midfielder Ben

Watson (broken leg), wingers Albert Crusat (knee) and Ryo Miyaichi

(ankle) and playmaker Shaun Maloney (groin) all sidelined.

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar is a doubt for QPR’s game against Wigan

as he is still struggling with the groin injury he suffered at

Sunderland two weeks ago.

Stephane Mbia and Samba Diakite have recovered from the neck and

ankle injuries they suffered in last weekend’s 1-1 draw against

Aston Villa.

Long-term absentees Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee)

remain sidelined.