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Scharner: Back at Wigan

Scharner: Back at Wigan

Paul Scharner is set to make his second Wigan debut when the Latics host fellow strugglers Southampton in a relegation six-pointer at the DW Stadium on Saturday.


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The defender-cum-midfielder left Wigan in 2010 after four-and-a-half years at the club, and rejoined the Latics from Hamburg on loan until the end of the season on transfer deadline day.

With Ivan Ramis (knee) and Antolin Alcaraz (groin) both sidelined, Scharner gives manager Roberto Martinez options in defence.

The Latics are further boosted by the return to fitness of several players, including defender Adrian Lopez (hamstring), goalkeeper Mike Pollitt (thigh) and midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat (knee), Ryo Miyaichi (ankle).

However, full-back Emmerson Boyce is doubtful with a hamstring problem, while striker Arouna Kone is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast in South Africa.

Martinez's men will take heart from the way they fought back from 2-0 down against Stoke in midweek to force a share of the spoils.

Meanwhile, Southampton gave a good account of themselves, despite losing 2-1 against Manchester United on Wednesday in manager Mauricio Pochettino's second match in charge.

Defender Vegard Forren, who had been linked with several Premier League clubs before joining Southampton from Molde over a week ago, could finally make his Saints debut.

Skipper Adam Lallana could be restored to the starting line-up after making his return to action as a second-half substitute in midweek.

The midfielder had been out for two months after damaging his knee ligaments. However, Jose Fonet and Guly Do Prado are still sidelined with their respective knee injuries.

Three points separate the Latics and the Saints, who are in 18th and 16th place respectively going into the clash.

Wigan's record in their last 10 matches reads: six defeats, three draws and one win. By comparison, Southampton have won two, lost three and drawn five matches during the same period.

Posted: 01/02/13 12:17

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