ROBERTO Martinez will give Jean Beausejour every possible chance to prove his fitness for Saturday’s trip to Manchester United.
The Chile winger aggravated a long-standing hamstring problem during the 2-2 draw with Stoke on September 1, which ruled him out of last night’s clash with Colombia.
Instead, Beausejour has been receiving intensive treatment at Christopher Park, as well as being put through his paces by head of sports science Richard Evans.
And Martinez has refused to rule the former Birmingham man out of the reckoning for Old Trafford.
“We did a scan straight after the game and it showed Jean had a tear in the hamstring,” Martinez told the Evening Post.
“He has been recovering for the last week and a half, it’s been going well, but it’s still too early to tell whether he’ll be involved on Saturday.”
The Stoke game was Beausejour’s first Premier League start of the season thanks to the after-effects of a hamstring problem originally picked up over the summer.
“Jean got the injury in pre-season and that’s never a good thing on the eve of a new campaign,” Martinez admitted.
“He didn’t have any real rest period over the last three years because of the World Cup and the Copa America.
“This one was the first summer in a while where he could actually rest his body after a long and demanding campaign.
“He suffered a couple of niggles trying to reactivate his body that we have to get through, but I’m hopeful he’ll benefit from this period in the long term.
“He is such a special player, such a consistent player, and once he’s fully fit he’ll go back to being a key member of our team.”
James McArthur is another Latics star to have spent the international break working on his fitness at the training ground.
The midfield dynamo was ruled out of Scotland’s double-header with Serbian and Macedonia because of a niggling back problem.
But the Wigan chief believes McArthur is now fully-fit and raring to go.
“It’s been a very demanding set of fixtures for James with his back, which tends to stiffen up after an hour,” Martinez added.
“That was the case against Chelsea, and towards the end against Stoke you could see him becoming too tired to cope with the tempo of the game.
“He has got such a strong mentality it enables him to be available, and we are thankful to have him.
“I think this two-week break has been very useful for him in terms of giving him extra time to recover and also improve that extra bit of match fitness.”