Zaki could start on Saturday

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Wigan manager Steve Bruce is not prepared to allow his row with on-loan striker Amr Zaki affect the fortunes of the club.

As a result the Egypt international could be in line for his first start since March 4 when the Latics host Bolton on Saturday.

"For what he (Zaki) has done, if I had six centre-forwards I would probably go down a different avenue," Bruce told the Wigan Evening Post. "But the one thing I won't do is leave the team short. The team is the most important thing for me - and obviously the club."

Zaki was labelled "unprofessional" and "disrespectful" by Bruce, who fined the player two weeks' wages at the beginning of the month after he was late returning from international duty for the fourth time this season.

However, such are Wigan's problems up front that the 26-year-old could be named in the starting line-up for the first time in four matches.

Mido, on loan from Middlesbrough, is struggling with a shoulder injury while Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega has yet to score in 10 appearances since his January arrival from Mexican club Necaxa to replace Emile Heskey.

Wigan are desperately short of goals, having scored just seven in 14 Barclays Premier League matches since the turn of the year.

Zaki's form is linked in with that as he scored 10 goals in 16 league matches from the start of the season but, having been hampered by injury, he has not found the net since December 28.

"If we have an Achilles heel, it is obviously we don't score enough goals," added Bruce.

"It's not just down to the strikers, it's down to everyone - but everyone says the hardest thing in the Premier League is scoring goals."

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