Wigan boss Roberto Martinez expects defender Ivan Ramis to be in contention for a starting spot for the New Year's Day encounter with Manchester United.

Ramis has been out of action since the end of November after picking up a hamstring injury. His absence has contributed to a terrible period for the Latics, when they have been shorn of orthodox central defensive options. However, Martinez is finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

"Ivan is part of the squad now and is allowed to work with the group," said Martinez.

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