Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has revealed that defender Emmerson Boyce faces longer on the sidelines than first expected.
The 31-year-old is currently out with a hamstring injury and was expected to only be absent for a few weeks, but eight weeks later and Boyce is not set for a return.
Martinez had hoped the versatile Barbados international could have made a comeback against Aston Villa on Saturday but another complication has prevented him from doing so.
"We thought he was close to full fitness but there is a little bit of scar tissue in the injury and we need to make sure he is 100 per cent," Martinez said.
"He joined the group for one session and he wasn't feeling right, so now we need to make sure he gets back to full fitness.
"We don't want it to develop into an injury that can stop him being 100% for the rest of the campaign."
Wigan will be desperately looking for a win at the DW Stadium this weekend to provide them with some valuable points and Christmas cheer.
When they play Villa it will be the first time in 100 Premier League games the Latics have played without a Honduras international in their side, as Maynor Figueroa and Hendry Thomas are both suspended.
Martinez added: "It is going to be the first time after 99 games in the Premier League we won't have representative of Honduras. That's some stat.
"It's that mixture of having flair from abroad and having that real British core of players, that has given Wigan Athletic the opportunity to compete at the highest level, the best league in world football."