Diame set for Chelsea return

MOMO Diame will make a welcome return to the fold at Chelsea on Saturday.

The Latics midfielder has missed the last two games with a groin problem, but he’s rejoined the group down at Christopher Park and is champing at the bit for a recall.

Diame, arguably Wigan’s best outfield player in the first half of the season, has endured a frustrating time since the turn of the year.

After missing most of January through African Nations Cup commitments, the Senegal international was eased back in slowly by Roberto Martinez.

He show his ring-rustiness by blowing great chances to score late winners against both Norwich and West Brom last month. But the Latics chief feels a fully-fit Diame could yet prove to be the difference in the relegation run-in.

“Momo has trained really well this week, and I am working under the assumption he will be fully-fit for the last seven fixtures,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“He has responded very well to treatment, and we just need to make sure we tailor his programme to make sure he gets back to exactly the same level he was at earlier in the season.”

However, the Stamford Bridge encounter looks like coming too soon for team-mate Hugo Rodallega (knee), who has also struggled for form and fitness for much of this term.

“As far as Hugo is concerned, we’ll know later in the week how he is progressing,” Martinez added.

“He’s stepped up his recovery and will be ready at some point over the next three games.

“The question is when, but I fully expect him to be able to play his part over what will be a very demanding schedule.

“Although he is improving all the time, he hasn’t yet trained with the team.

“And we need to make sure we don’t over-do it with him and lose him for any more games than we have to.”