Martinez goes to Plan B

Mike Pollitt
Mike Pollitt

ROBERTO Martinez has admitted the season-ending injury to Ivan Ramis has caused him to rethink his January transfer policy.

The Spanish centre-back damaged knee ligaments at Fulham last weekend, and has already been ruled out of Martinez’s plans for the rest of the campaign. Countryman Roman Golobart put in another impressive performance at Bournemouth on Tuesday as Latics booked their spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

But Martinez acknowledged the need to move for more experienced cover during Ramis’ unfortunate lay-off. “It’s something we will obviously need to consider – it would be wrong if we didn’t look at the situation,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“We are going to be without Ivan until the beginning of next season, and it is a massive blow for us because he has been a very important player for us.

“In that respect, it’s important we look at the bigger picture and look to use the transfer window accordingly.”

Mike Pollitt became the latest addition to the treatment room after picking up a thigh injury at Dean Court that saw him give way to Ali Al Habsi at half-time. But the Wigan boss denied the injury to Pollitt would mean Lee Nicholls being recalled from his successful loan spell at League Two Northampton.

“Lee is a very important player in the long-term picture at Wigan Athletic, and we don’t want to do anything that would affect his development,” Martinez added.

“We wouldn’t call him back just to sit on the bench, just to make up the numbers. That wouldn’t be right.

“Mike picked up the thigh injury while making his first pass of the game and held it until half-time but couldn’t carry on.

“We’re not sure how serious it is yet, but we’ll assess it over the next week.”