Martinez has welcome selection headache

Wigan Athletic pre-Wembley party in aid of Joseph's Goal: Lauren Topping, who was the Latics mascot for the Auto Windscreens Shield Final against Millwall at Wembley in 1999, and dad Tony reminisce with Roberto Martinez over their photo album from the day
Wigan Athletic pre-Wembley party in aid of Joseph's Goal: Lauren Topping, who was the Latics mascot for the Auto Windscreens Shield Final against Millwall at Wembley in 1999, and dad Tony reminisce with Roberto Martinez over their photo album from the day
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ROBERTO Martinez admits he has selection problems of a welcome nature as he ponders his options for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Millwall.

The Latics boss has declared a virtual clean bill of health ahead of the trip to Wembley, despite a bruising battle at QPR on Sunday.

James McCarthy was the victim of one or two tasty challenges in the opening exchanges, while Jordi Gomez escaped relatively unharmed from nasty kicks to his head and ankle.

But Martinez reckons only serious injury would prevent a player putting his hand up to play in Wembley week.

“Everyone is fit and raring to go as you can well imagine,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“Jordi has a couple of scratches on his head from the incident that saw Bobby Zamora sent off at QPR.

“He also had a really nasty challenge on his ankle in the second half, which fortunately didn’t do too much damage.

“I don’t expect him to be out for any length of time – and that is what tends to happen in Wembley week.

“Any bump or bruise that would ordinarily have caused a problem mysteriously disappears for some reason.”