Wigan boss Uwe Rosler is hopeful loanee Josh McEachran will soon be able to play his first full game for the club.
McEachran joined the Latics on a loan deal from Chelsea until the end of the season and has not yet completed 90 minutes for the first team.
However, the 20-year-old did complete a full match for Wigan's development squad, which will give Rosler confidence that he will soon be able to compete.
The German will be hoping McEachran will be able to help his side's late promotion push. Wigan currently sit on the fringes of the play-off positions in eighth position, just four points behind Reading who occupy the final position.
The 56-year-old told the Wigan Evening Post: "We have players who will soon be able to play for a full 90 minutes, for example Josh McEachran.
"Obviously up front we need our top scorer, Nick Powell, we miss him.
"For a 19-year-old he has been tremendous for us this season. When I came I saw that the kid has played a lot of football and obviously now everybody asks for a rest and that is why he gets a rest in terms of he has a niggle here and a niggle there."
The German also spoke about the progress that new signing Mark Holgersson had made and gave injury updates on both Ivan Ramis and Thomas Rogne, who also competed in the development squad.
"In central defence we were very, very thin for a long time. Ivan Ramis still needs a little more time before he can play, Thomas Rogne will need more work and Markus will need a little more work because he is coming on the back of a holiday," he added.