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Wigan have problems in defence as Sunderland check on O'Shea and Fletcher

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18 Jan 2013 11:26:00

Wigan have problems in defence as Sunderland check on O'Shea and Fletcher

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 Saturday. 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.


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