Kirkland set for Foxes loan

BY foxsports • November 24, 2010

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is set to join Leicester City on loan.

Kirkland has made just one appearance for Wigan since August and that came when on-loan keeper Ali Al Habsi was ineligible to face parent club Bolton Wanderers last month.

A move to hometown club Leicester has been mooted in recent weeks and the deal is likely to be completed before Thursday's deadline.

Illness has held up the switch to the Walkers Stadium and Martinez believes it is important for Kirkland to play first-team football.

"Things have been delayed by Chris' bug, but we will be sitting down to have a chat about the situation," Martinez told the Evening Post.

"He got the bug last Thursday night and couldn't travel with the team to Old Trafford, but he trained all right on Monday.

"He's lost a little bit of weight, but he'll hopefully regain that very quickly. Now he's over the bug, we'll look into what we can do to help him enjoy his football.

"He needs to be playing football, and being able to maintain that sharpness that you only get when you're playing regular football.

"That's important, because we'll need him to be ready whenever he gets an opportunity to play for Wigan Athletic."