Interim boss Graham Barrow is hoping to welcome back two key players to bolster his Wigan Athletic squad for the final push – starting this afternoon against Cardiff.
Striker Omar Bogle has missed the last four matches since damaging a thigh muscle at Newcastle on April 1.
On-loan West Ham defender Reece Burke has been absent for even longer, with a hip problem keeping him out since the 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa in December.
However, both have put their hand up to play with Latics now in must-win territory.
“There’s been positive news regarding Omar,” revealed Barrow.
“It would be a gamble, but it may be a gamble we have to take.
“I’ve had encouraging reports on him, and he did some work out there on the pitch on Thursday.
“He’ll have to show me he can go at it full pelt to be involved, but we’ll see.”
Burke has spent much of his recuperation time back at West Ham, but has shown up well on the grass at Euxton this week.
“Reece has trained well, and he has a more than likely chance of playing,” acknowledged Barrow.
“He’s a good lad and he’s always kept in touch with us.
“He’s been up to watch games, and he’s never lost that feeling of wanting to help us in this situation.
“He’s regained full fitness while he’s been away, he’s played a few games for West Ham’s Under-21s, and he has something to offer.
“Looking at the things Cardiff will throw at us, we may need his defensive height in the team.
“We’re going to have to deal with all that – there’ll be long throws coming in from every angle.
“I have tended to freshen up the team every game, because I’ve thought that’s what’s been needed.”