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Aston Villa welcome back Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The striker has been out with back and hamstring problems, which have led him to miss Villa’s last three matches.

Chris Herd could also be involved after coming through an hour in a reserve match unscathed. The midfielder has been out for around two and a half months with ankle ligament damage.

McLeish said he had a few other players with minor injuries who may not recover, but declined to name individuals.

Richard Dunne (shoulder) and Ciaran Clark (knee) are both long-term casualties.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has a fully-fit squad to face Aston Villa.

Striker Callum McManaman has recovered from a back problem while a number of players were able to overcome colds and viruses during the club’s recent trip to Oman.

Influential midfielder Mohamed Diame may be set for his first appearance since returning from the African Nations Cup, having remained on the bench a fortnight ago for the vital win at Bolton.

Wigan (from): Al Habsi, Figueroa, Watson, Boyce, Alcaraz, Diame, Caldwell, Moses, Gomez, McCarthy, Di Santo, Jones, Stam, McArthur, Lopez, Thomas, Sammon, Maloney, Crusat, Gohouri, Rodallega, McManaman, Beausejour, Pollitt, Kirkland.

Aston Villa (from) Given, Guzan, Hutton, Lichaj, Collins, Cuellar, Warnock, Baker, Bannan, Petrov, Ireland, Albrighton, Bent, Keane, Agbonlahor, Heskey, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Marshall, Johnson, Gardner, Stevens, Herd.

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