Sibierski boost for Latics

Latics will go in search of their first win for two months when they play host to Portsmouth at the JJB Stadium. After collecting only two points from the last six games, Chris Hutchings' side need to get back on the winning trail.

Wigan boss Hutchings was putting the finishing touches to their preparations in training this morning, assessing the fitness of three key players before deciding on the team.

Mario Melchiot, Antonio Valencia and Jason Koumas are all injury concerns.

But there is a return for Antoine Sibierski after three weeks out with

hamstring trouble.

Hutchings said: "Results have been frustrating recently, so now is the time to stop talking and start winning.

"It's time we start taking some points after the performances we have been putting in – we have to kick on.

"This is a results business, and even if we don't perform too well, we want to be taking something from games.

"Our confidence is still high, though, and we go into most games thinking we can get a result.

"We know that if we play as well as we can do, we will give anyone a good game."

On the injury front, Hutchings was dealt some bad news when Valencia

returned from international duty with Ecuador yesterday with a swollen knee.

It is the same knee he had surgery on five weeks ago, and the winger was forced to pull out of Ecuador's World Cup qualifier in Brazil.

Latics hope the swelling might just be a minor reaction to the travelling Valencia has done in recent days, but there now has to be a big doubt about him facing Pompey.

Skipper Melchiot is also doubtful with a thigh strain which threatens his ever-present status in the team this season.

Things look brighter for Koumas, though. The midfielder resumed training yesterday after 10 days' intensive treatment on a hip injury.

Hutchings said: "We'll have a look at a few of the lads in training, see if there is any reaction to their injuries, and take things from there.

"Mario is recovering slowly from his thigh strain so he's a concern for

tomorrow, while Jason trained yesterday and seems to be coming along nicely after working with the physios for the last few days.

"Antonio came back yesterday with a swollen knee, the same one he had surgery on.

"He only had 45 minutes in the reserves and 20 minutes at Old Trafford before going away on international duty, so we'll have to be careful with him."

Kevin Kilbane and Andreas Granqvist returned fit and well from international duty, although Granqvist's journey back from Sweden was delayed by a cancelled flight.

Hutchings says he rates tomorrow's opponents highly – Pompey are

currently fifth in the table and unbeaten in five matches.

He said: "Portsmouth have had a couple of away wins recently and are

playing some good football, as Harry Redknapp's sides always do.

"Harry has made some good buys. Sylvain Distin was an important signing to strengthen the defence, while they've got Sol Campbell and David James.

"We know we will have to be at our best to get something from them."

Pompey will have more than 3,000 fans backing them, and with Latics

offering season ticket holders the chance to bring a friend for just 5, the club are hopeful of a healthy size crowd.