Wigan Athletic Vs Stoke City, Sat 4 Dec 2010

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Wigan have problems up front for the Barclays Premier League clash against Stoke at the DW Stadium.

Victor Moses is likely to be out for three months after dislocating his shoulder in the Carling Cup loss to Arsenal on Tuesday.

Hugo Rodallega is still suspended and Franco di Santo (ankle) is rated 50-50, but manager Roberto Martinez is at least hopeful Mauro Boselli (knee) will be fit.

Club captain Gary Caldwell (thigh) could be fit but fellow defender Emmerson Boyce (hamstring) is unlikely to feature despite making good progress.

Martinez remains confident his side's luck will eventually turn but accepts their next few games are vital.

Wigan have won just once in seven league games and are 18th in the table after a demoralising loss at bottom side West Ham last week.

Their misery was compounded by the quarter-final defeat by the Gunners.

But throughout the poor run has Martinez has spoken glowingly of his players' efforts and feels they are unlucky not to have collected more points.

With mid-table Stoke's visit followed by three games in succession against teams currently in the bottom half, Martinez now wants them to make their mark.

The Spaniard said: "Looking at the performances through this first third of the competition, they have been better than the points we have got. There are many positives.

"We need to get through this period of bad luck. Once we get through it we will be a stronger side and a side that is even more ready to compete.

"It is still early in the campaign. The table is significant in May and that is when we want to be in the right position.

"We have got huge belief in what we can do and what we can achieve this season.

"The position now is a specific moment in the campaign. We need to understand why we are there, what we need to change and what we need to improve.

"That is something that is going to help us get to the places where we want to be.

"But looking at the next seven games for us, they are really vital, starting with Stoke at home.

"We will get together and push together to make sure we get the rewards the football and the quality of the squad deserves."

Stoke will be without Marc Wilson, who picked up his fifth booking of the season on Saturday and will serve a one-match ban.

Jermaine Pennant (hamstring) and Andy Wilkison (knee) will both undergo late fitness tests.

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