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Wigan will welcome back key midfielder Mohamed Diame for the game against the Toffees following his return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Striker Hugo Rodallega was only fit enough for a place on the bench against Tottenham on Tuesday because of a soft tissue injury but should be in contention to start along with David Jones (calf).

Franco Di Santo was forced off at White Hart Lane with a badly cut leg while Antolin Alcaraz has a groin injury but both could be involved.

New signings Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar are set to be included in Everton’s squad.

The pair joined on deadline day but the former is closer to match fitness than Pienaar, who has returned to his ex-club on loan and has struggled for pitch time at Tottenham this season.

Defender Sylvain Distin and midfielder Jack Rodwell (both hamstring) are edging closer to fitness but are not quite ready while Phil Jagielka (knee), Leon Osman (knee) and Seamus Coleman (thigh) are still some way off a comeback.

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.

Everton (from): Howard, Heitinga, Baines, Hibbert, Neville, Gibson, Cahill, Drenthe, Fellaini, Donovan, Stracqualursi, Mucha, Barkley, Duffy, Gueye, Vellios, Pienaar, Jelavic, McFadden, Baxter.

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