Roberto will wait for Zog and Momo

Prepared to wait - Roberto Martinez
Prepared to wait - Roberto Martinez
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ROBERTO Martinez says he’ll give Charles N’Zogbia and Momo Diame “as long as we can” before finalising his Wigan side to face Aston Villa on Saturday.

The French duo both limped out of last weekend’s draw with Everton, either side of the half-time interval.

Diame succumbed to a groin problem just before the break, while N’Zogbia lasted just eight minutes into the second period before calling it quits with a dead leg.

Both men have been receiving round-the-clock treatment from Richard Evans and his medical staff this week, and Martinez (left) says they’ll be given every chance to prove their fitness for the trip to the Midlands.

“We’re treating them as we speak and we’ll see how they progress during the week,” he told the Evening Post.

“It’s important we give them as long as we can before we can make a decision.

“I’ve got a feeling it will end up being a really, really late call on them both, and we are prepared for that.

“Both players are absolutely desperate to be involved and help the team – I love that kind of attitude.

“But we have to make the right decision for all parties, whatever it is, that will enable us to win the football match.

“The medical team are working against the clock and, with these type of soft-tissue injuries, even six-to-eight hours can make a real difference.

“The good thing is they are two very fit boys and they’ll hopefully react well to the treatment.”

Latics could not build on N’Zogbia’s early goal against Everton, and were pegged back by Leighton Baines’ equaliser 13 minutes from time.

And the Latics chief admitted that was not the extent of the damage Baines did to his old side on the day.

“It was actually Leighton who went straight into Charlie in the first half, and it was a very nasty collision,” Martinez added.

“Charlie tried to run it off, but he couldn’t.

“It was disappointing to see both Charlie and Momo go off but it was very encouraging to see the contributions of the players who came on to replace them.

“The performances of James McArthur and Victor Moses shows you every player in the squad has a role to play between now and the end of the season.”

Martinez has an otherwise full-strength squad to choose from, while Villa caretaker-boss Gary McAllister has also received a boost ahead of the game with Richard Dunne, Jean Makoun and Latics old boy Emile Heskey returning to training and being passed fit to play.