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Published on Jan 13, 2012
Manchester City playmaker David Silva is expected to recover in time from an ankle injury, according to assistant manager David Platt.
Forward Mario Balotelli, who limped out of the League Cup defeat by Liverpool with a similar problem, is a doubt.
Wigan winger Albert Crusat has recovered from a back injury.
Shaun Maloney is still being nursed back to fitness, while midfielder Mohamed Diame is on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Senegal.
This fixture in the former mining town of Wigan pits top against second bottom and yet both sides are finding it hard going at the coalface. The hosts are accustomed to a struggle, nouveau riche Manchester City are not.