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Wigan Athletic Vs Bolton Wanderers, Wed 17 Feb 2010

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In-form midfielder James McCarthy is Wigan's only concern for Wednesday's rearranged Barclays Premier League clash against Bolton.

The former Hamilton player is rated 50-50 by manager Roberto Martinez after suffering a hamstring injury in the draw against Stoke last week.

Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson is unavailable after returning from the African Nations Cup with a torn muscle and Steven Gohouri has recently been troubled by a hamstring injury.

Martinez, who otherwise has a fully-fit squad, is still to decide whether or not to hand new signing Victor Moses his first start.

Ahead of the game, Martinez admits he is concerned about the state of the DW Stadium pitch - but has warned his players they must adapt.

The surface at the ground the club share with Wigan Warriors has taken a battering in recent weeks due to poor weather and extra usage following the start of the new rugby league season.

Martinez's side host rivals Bolton in a crucial relegation clash on Wednesday.

The Spaniard concedes the pitch is not conducive to the football he and new Bolton boss Owen Coyle might want to play, but insists there can be no excuses with important points at stake.

Martinez said: "We are always trying to play the right way. The pitch is probably not helping us now but we need to be able to adapt and make sure we are a bit ruthless and know how to get the points that are so vital.

"It is a concern, there is no point hiding it. I think it has had five games in 18 days. Any surface having that amount of games is going to suffer and the weather hasn't been too kind. We have got to make sure we adapt to it."


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Vladimir Weiss and Jack Wilshere are available again for Bolton after missing the FA Cup draw with Tottenham as they were ineligible.

Zat Knight is facing a late fitness test at the DW Stadium after suffering a calf problem at the weekend.

Gary Cahill, Ivan Klasnic, Sean Davis and Gavin McCann are still missing through illness or injury.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes the next month could shape his side's destiny.

First up are Wigan, and that match is followed by a run of key league fixtures.

Bolton face Blackburn, Wolves, West Ham, Sunderland and Wigan again before March is out and Coyle knows it is an important spell in their bid to avoid relegation to the Coca-Cola Championship.

He said: "No matter who you play in this league you want to pick up points.

"However, this is a group of games with teams in and around us. It is up to us to try and maximise these opportunities.

"Nobody is going to hand it to us. We are going to have to be at our very best to get our rewards."

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