EMYR Huws is rated only ‘50-50’ to make Wigan Athletic’s trip to Huddersfield tonight.
And that could mean a first start in Latics colours for new signing Adam Forshaw.
Huws limped out of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Blackburn after enjoying a fine game in the engine room.
And boss Uwe Rosler admits he’ll be given every chance to prove his fitness for tonight’s clash at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“Emyr didn’t train on Monday, and it will be a late call on whether he plays after a late fitness test,” Rosler told the Evening Post.
“We have prepared with him and also without him, but we won’t know until just before the game.
“I’d say he’s 50-50. If he doesn’t play then Adam will start.
“Adam needs matches. Saturday was his first competitive game since May and he needs to play.
“This is the next logical step after proving himself to be the best player in League One, and to stamp his authority in the midfield he needs to be 100 per cent match fit.
“We will try to bring him up to speed both in training and in matches, and I think you saw after 10 minutes at Blackburn what a player he can be.”
That said, Rosler admitted Huws would leave a huge gap in the midfield after settling into life at Wigan following his summer arrival from Manchester City.
His form saw Latics move swiftly to make permanent his loan deal on deadline day – a decision Rosler described as ‘a no-brainer’.
“Emyr has settled in so well here, and that is why we signed him,” the Wigan boss added.
“There was an opportunity there and we moved fast.
“There was only a small window of opportunity, because I don’t think we would have had the chance next summer or even in six months’ time.
“The boy will perform week in, week out at a consistent level, and I think it was a great opportunity for us that we couldn’t turn down.
“He proved his quality to his team-mates and the coaching staff, and he really bought in to our environment.
“It was a no-brainer as long as we had the finances, and after the sale of James McArthur we had the finances to do that.”
Rosler also admitted he is considering his options in other areas for tonight’s game as Latics aim for a first away win of the campaign at the fifth attempt.
“I will select the best team,” he added. “We don’t have many injuries, we have a settled side. I see the benefits of rotating, but I also see the benefit off keeping the same players and giving them the chance to make things right.”