Originally written November 22, 2012 on Fox Soccer:
Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that he hopes to have Ben Watson back in contention in February. The midfielder suffered a fractured shin during the Latics' 3-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend. It was feared that Watson would be sidelined for a prolonged period of time, but Wigan announced on Monday that they expected him back 'in the New Year'. Martinez has now offered a further update, with it possible that he could welcome the 27-year-old back into his plans inside three months. "After the plaster comes off in the New Year, you're then looking at a block of about three or four weeks to get the full fitness back - which is around the beginning of February," he said in the Wigan Evening Post. Meanwhile, Martinez has also been looking ahead to Wigan's Premier League clash with Reading on Saturday, a game he considers to be crucial to the Latics' top-flight cause. "It's a massive game, because all of your home games ...
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