Kirkland: No favours for Baggies

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Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland admits there will be no room for sentiment when he returns to former club West Brom on Saturday.

The Baggies have struggled at the foot of the Barclays Premier League for most of the season and defeat at the weekend would virtually condemn them to relegation.

Kirkland spent the 2005/6 season on loan at The Hawthorns from Liverpool but said: "It will be nice to go back there as I still speak to a lot of the players and it will be good to see them all again. But the most important thing is to go to The Hawthorns and get something for Wigan."

He added: "We only have three weeks of the season left and we want to finish it well, not have a hangover for next season.

"It will be a tough game at Albion - they play some very good football but we are capable of doing that too."

Wigan have injury worries over defensive duo Mario Melchiot and Paul Scharner, who were both forced off in Saturday's goalless draw at home to Bolton.

"Melchiot has a groin injury and Scharner's problem is his knee," manager Steve Bruce told the Wigan Evening Post.

"We'll see how they are as the week goes on, then make a decision."

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