MIKE Pollitt will be out of action for a couple of weeks after undergoing minor surgery to his elbow.
The veteran goalkeeper had a similar operation last year to correct his other elbow, but should be back before the end of the season if required.
It explains Chris Kirkland’s rare appearance on the bench at Sunderland on Saturday, as well as England Under-20 stopper Lee Nicholls being recalled from his loan spell at League One outfit Sheffield Wednesday.
“Mike went in yesterday for surgery to clean up the joint around his elbow,” boss Roberto Martinez told the Evening Post.
“It was just a matter of wear and tear – he had the same problem with his other elbow last year and that was corrected very quickly too.
“It was a straight-forward operation and he should be back in the next two or three weeks.”
Martinez, though, is happy he has more than enough cover in that department should anything happen to first-choice Ali Al Habsi.
“Chris has been working extremely hard over the last 8-10 weeks, and has been a real example to the rest of the squad with the way he has been training,” the Spaniard added.
“He is a credit to himself and it shows you the strength in depth we have across the board at the football club just now.
“We’ve also called Lee back from his loan at Sheffield Wednesday to give us extra depth in that department, and they’ll all be working closely this week with Inaki (Bergara, goalkeeping coach).”
Pollitt aside, Martinez has the luxury of a full-strength squad at his disposal for Saturday’s visit of Everton, after welcoming Maynor Figueroa back to the fold following a two-match suspension.
The Honduran grabbed the winner in Wigan’s last home victory against Birmingham.
“Maynor, as you know, is available again, but we have no other worries from the Sunderland game,” Martinez added.
“Everyone is fully fit at the moment, and desperate to play their part in helping us to achieve our goals.”