Martinez won't gamble on N'Zogbia

BY foxsports • March 18, 2010

However, Martinez insists he will take no chances with the influential midfielder, who was forced to come off with a hip problem in the defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday. Wigan still need points to secure their Premier League safety and N'Zogbia has been one of their shining lights in a frustrating campaign. Martinez said: "It was bad news he came off against Villa as he is not the sort of player who picks up little niggles or small injuries. "He could not train today and at the moment he is 50-50 to make the game. He has a knock in his left hip that stops him from having free mobility. "Certain injuries you can give it until the very last minute but as it is his hip we will know after training on Friday if he will be fit to play. "Physically you need to be perfect for the Premier League. Every player needs to be 100%. If they are not it would be unfair on the player and the team. "If we are going to take a gamble on someone who is not fully fit and not ready maybe we will lose him for a longer period. "Charles needs to be himself and enjoy his football, otherwise it would be a big mistake. It is important we have all the big performers ready for the last games of the season." Martinez has been pleased with the consistency N'Zogbia has shown since arriving from Newcastle. "I think it has been the best moment of his career," Martinez added. "We all know Charles can go to another level. "He is an an exciting player, the sort of player fans pay money to watch. I think the consistency he has shown in his play is probably the difference from other campaigns.


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