Rodallega and Di Santo set to play

Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega and Everton's John Heitinga
Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega and Everton's John Heitinga

ROBERTO Martinez hopes to have Hugo Rodallega AND Franco di Santo available for Saturday’s survival shoot-out against Newcastle.

Di Santo limped out of the 2-1 defeat at Fulham with a calf problem, while Rodallega hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since the draw at Norwich on March 11 due to a knee problem.

It’s a selection headache Martinez could have done without at the business end of the season, with Conor Sammon the only fully-fit frontman at his disposal.

However, the Wigan boss has reported positive news regarding the prone pair.

“Hugo rejoined the squad on Monday and we are waiting to see how much of a reaction there will be,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“The work he has done over the past few days has been very positive, he is getting stronger by the day and he’s well in contention for the weekend.”

Wigan’s record Premier League goalscorer could also be joined in the squad by Di Santo, with Martinez adding: “The good news regarding Franco is we were able to get him off the field before he picked up a really serious injury.

“We’ll assess him again on Thursday or Friday, but he is reacting well to the treatment and we remain hopeful he will be okay.

“Thankfully we were able to avoid the ultimate damage in terms of soft-tissue injuries, which is a rupture.

“It’s important now that we get rid of the problem he has in his calf, try to wash it off and ensure he finishes the season on a high.”

The pair are not Martinez’s only concerns ahead of the wekeend, with Ronnie Stam joining Albert Crusat in the treatment room after damaging his hamstring in training.

Crusat, meanwhile, is recovering well from a calf strain, but is odds-against being fit for Saturday.

“Albert has been working well and we’ll know later in the week whether he’ll make it, although the news is less positive regarding Ronnie,” Martinez confirmed.

“He trained up to 70 per cent intensity on Monday and it’s a case of increasing that without pushing him too far, too soon.”