Roberto Martinez has revealed that Gary Caldwell could be returned to the Wigan first-team at West Ham.
The Latics head to Upton Park on Saturday for a crunch encounter towards the bottom of the Premier League table.
Both sides sit inside the relegation zone at present, making each passing game more important than the last.
With it imperative that Wigan taking something from their trip to the capital, Martinez is keen to have his strongest side available.
His plans will still be hindered by injury and suspension, but the return of Scottish centre-half Caldwell following a thigh problem has come as a welcome relief.
Martinez said: "We never expected him to have any chance but as it stands he probably has a small chance of being involved.
"It is not a surprise knowing Gary, the way he looks after himself.
"Those little niggles that for certain players could be three, four or five weeks out, for Gary it is only a short period."
Among those set to miss out on Saturday is teenage midfielder James McCarthy, who is continuing his rehabilitation after ankle surgery.
The Republic of Ireland international remains some way off a return to action, but Martinez is pleased with the progress being made by the 19-year-old.
He said: "He is starting to put the weight on his ankle and he is progressing really well.
"From next week he will probably be able to put 80 per cent of the weight on it and from then on it is going to be a lot easier.
"The surgery was a real success and everything up to this point has been as we expected, if not better.
"He is a really fit boy and is looking after his body. He is going to get the rewards real soon."