Birmingham v Wigan Athletic, Sat 27 Feb 2010

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Birmingham midfielder Barry Ferguson is on course to be fit for their home Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan.

The Scot suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Fulham and limped off in the closing stages, but boss Alex McLeish is confident Ferguson will have recovered in time for the meeting with the Latics.

McLeish has to decide whether to give another run-out up front to James McFadden in preference to Christian Benitez who was axed for the game at Craven Cottage.

McLeish is aware Wigan will pose a stiff test for his team despite some poor results in recent weeks.

He said: "I've seen Roberto Martinez's interviews in recent weeks. He is obviously frustrated with the results of late.

"He has a lot of good players and I know Roberto very well and I know the style of play he wants his team to play.

"If Wigan click, as we have seen several occasions this season, they can beat anyone.

"They have beaten Chelsea, they have beaten Aston Villa, and they can be a right good side on any given day.

"Roberto will be looking for them to produce the magic they are capable of. We are under no illusions that this is a tough game."

Wigan pair Titus Bramble and James McCarthy are both doubtful.

Central defender Bramble is still struggling with the hamstring injury that forced him to miss last week's defeat by Tottenham.

In-form midfielder McCarthy, this week called up by the Republic of Ireland, took an ankle knock against Spurs and will be assessed.

Manager Roberto Martinez otherwise has a fully-fit squad available as the Latics look to end a six match winless run.

The Latics travel to Birmingham looking to bounce back from last week's disappointing loss to Spurs at the DW Stadium.

Bottom side Portsmouth apart, the situation at the foot of the table is tight with West Ham in 13th and 19th-placed Burnley separated by just four points.

"We have to make sure we show how much we want to go to that next level," added Martinez.

"It is not a moment to show anxieties, feel sorry for ourselves or doubt.

"It is a moment to get together and try to show we are excited about the next game."

Promoted Birmingham were expected to be one of the sides fighting relegation at the start of the season but have proved the competition's surprise package.

Blues are sitting pretty in 10th - just a win short of the 40-point barrier - but having lost their last two, Martinez hopes they can be caught cold.

The former Swansea boss said: "I think they have been outstanding in everything they have done. They deserve massive credit.

"They have consistently got results, they are very solid, they work extremely hard for each other and they have great talent.

"We are going to be tested to the maximum and they are coming off the back of a couple of disappointments, so they will want to get back to their normal selves.

"But we haven't been getting the points our performances deserve and we need to change that around."

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