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HEALTH OF PLAYERS IS KEY

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17:24 27th November 2012

by Nick Taylor

Gaffer wants players back fully fit, with no risk of rushing their returns.

There is a tally of Wigan Athletic players in the treatment room at the moment, with Ben Watson and Albert Crusat longer term injuries, Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis and Shaun Maloney have all picked up knocks recently too.

Maloney and Ramis were substituted during Saturday’s victory over Reading and Roberto Martinez will be assessing them before Wednesday’s game against Manchester City.

“We have to make sure that if we are going to use someone that they are fully fit, sadly our list of injuries is quite long at this moment in time but, we showed on Saturday that it will not cause too many problems.

“It would be great to have everyone back as quickly as possible but, the main thing is to make sure that the health of the players takes precedent. 

“It was disappointing to lose Ivan Ramis and Shaun Maloney during the Reading game.

“Ivan is a worry for Wednesday but, Shaun found it a lot easier yesterday and we will assess him in time for the game against Man City.”

Martinez explained that it is not too uncommon for injuries to crop up at this time of year.

“At this stage of the season players tend to suffer a little bit from fatigue injuries and it is nothing new because November is always a difficult month in football.

“Now that we are approaching the Christmas period we need to have as many players available as possible but, we can’t risk the health of any of our squad.”

James McArthur has also been side lined recently with a dead leg but, he returned as a substitute against Reading, to the delight of his manager.

“Having James back on Saturday was a real positive because we didn’t expect him to be ready for the game.

“He is someone with such a strong will and determination to overcome any difficulties so it is just a sign of his character once again.”

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