ROBERTO Martinez has poured cold water on rumours of a bust-up between himself and Hugo Rodallega.
The Colombian hitman has been an unused substitute in each of the last three matches, as Latics have turned their season round with six points thanks to away wins at Sunderland and West Brom.
Rodallega, Wigan’s all-time record goalscorer in the Premier League, is yet to find the mark this season after form and fitness issues.
And there were suggestions in some sections of the media that he had reacted angrily to not being called upon at West Brom on Saturday by storming down the tunnel after the last of Wigan’s three substitutions had been made.
Martinez, though, insists such talk is well wide of the mark.
“I wasn’t aware of that at all, and I’m sure it didn’t happen,” Martinez told the Evening Post.
“Hugo has always shown a very respectful attitude to his team-mates, and has been working extremely hard to get himself back into the side.
“I don’t see Hugo as the kind of character who would do that kind of thing – he understands his position.
“Of course he is desperate to be involved and to help the team, but in a healthy way and for the right reasons. And based on the hard work he’s been putting in, it won’t be long before he’s back on the field and doing what he does best.”
The Wigan boss reckons Rodallega’s recent misfortune is more down to fate conspiring against him than his own failings.
“As with Antolin (Alcaraz), it’s been something of a stop-start season for Hugo,” Martinez added.
“He came back late because of the Copa America, then there was the injury he picked up at Everton and a couple of minor knocks and bruises on top of that.
“Hugo’s attitude, though, has always been absolutely spot on.
“He hasn’t managed to score so far this season but, as I’ve always said, scoring goals isn’t just his job.
“It should be a shared responsibility and this is a time where we have to share that responsibility.
“Other players have come in which has allowed Hugo the opportunity to rest for a bit, and I feel the best of Hugo is still to come this season.”