Wigan will be without captain Gary Caldwell for at least a fortnight as the Scotland international recovers from a hamstring injury.
Caldwell aggravated the problem in the defeat at Newcastle on December 3 but suspension for the weekend's 2-2 draw at QPR lessened his absence slightly.
However, it could be Boxing Day before the centre-back returns, although manager Roberto Martinez has received more encouraging news about Ivan Ramis as he looks to repair a patched up defence.
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