He has been ruled out of taking charge of the Latics for Saturday´s trip to Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal due to a lack of time to prepare the squad.
As long ago as Monday, Wigan chairman Dave Whelan confirmed Bruce was to join the strugglers after opting to leave Birmingham, but a hitch in his departure from St Andrews meant that it was not until Friday afternoon that he could be confirmed in his new role at the JJB Stadium.
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