Caldwell set to return despite fitness problems

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LATICS skipper Gary Caldwell is set to make a return to the starting line up tomorrow after boss Roberto Martinez ruled out Maynor Figueroa for the rest of the season.

The Scot has started just one game since the home match against Liverpool in March – the 2-0 defeat at West Ham last month.

He missed the 3-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory at Everton with a hip problem, which has continued to affect him in the last few weeks.

And he has now put his name in the hat to play in the do-or-die game with West Brom.

Martinez poured praise on his defender, saying: “Gary is an incredible example.

“The things that he puts his body through just to be ready for the team is something I’ve never seen before.

“Anyone else in his position wouldn’t be able to train, but he gets through with painkillers because of the situation we’re in.

“At the moment, he’s just not capable of playing for 90 minutes, and it’s something we’ll have to look at over the summer.”

Fellow defender Figueroa, who has only missed two other games this season, was stretchered off with a groin injury in the draw with Tottenham last week and won’t feature for Wigan again this year.

“The scans have confirmed our worst fears,” bemoaned Martinez.

“He is going to be out for the rest of the season and probably a longer period.

“He is Mr Reliable, someone who has never missed any sort of time during the time he has been at Wigan Athletic.

“Unfortunately he is now going to miss the most important period in a season.

“On the other side the positive news is that Antolin Alcaraz is not too far away, but he will probably not be ready for Saturday.

“Fraser Fyvie, Roman Golobart and Ben Watson are also stepping up and they look ready to be involved on Saturday.”