As Paul Dickov sets his sights on adding to his strike force, this Saturday’s opposing manager Uwe Rosler is targeting defensive reinforcements.
The Latics, who yesterday added striker Nicky Maynard on loan ready for the Rovers tie, are keen to now improve at the other end of the field.
Rosler was forced to field both Chris McCann and Ben Watson in a makeshift backline at MK Dons on Tuesday night, and is desperate to bring in reinforcements.
“The headache I have is in defence, because we have got too many players out of action,” the former Manchester City striker told the Wigan Observer & Evening Post.
“It was an experimental selection on Tuesday night, but it had to be like that.
“We had three established centre-backs injured, and two younger defenders cup-tied.
“Gary (Caldwell) has been out long term, Ivan (Ramis) has come back but got re-injured, Thomas (Rogne)is injured, and it is a credit to the squad that we are continuing to pick up results.”
Rosler has already brought in Everton youngster Tyias Browning on loan this month.And the exit of Grant Holt to Aston Villa will give him scope for more short-term fixes.
“There will be more players coming in during January, but they will be loanees,” he revealed.
“I have made some room on the wage bill, and you will maybe see two more players leaving on loan to make some more room.
“I would expect two more players to come in, both of them on loan. I cannot buy anyone – the money has been spent.
“What I can do is create some room on the wage bill so I can bring in players this way – and that is what I have done.”