Latics return to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday as they make the trip to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday.
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Latics will look to build on their impressive 3-0 home victory over Aston Villa when they face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.
Paul Cook's side produced one of their best performances of the campaign to date last weekend when Gary Roberts, Michael Jacobs and Joe Garner scored to secure a 3-0 win over Dean Smith's Villa.
Their hosts on Saturday won for the first time since Boxing Day when they beat Luton Town 1-0 in an Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay on Tuesday night, having lost 3-0 at in-form Hull City at the weekend.
The Owls remain under the stewarship of Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, who will be part of Steve Bruce's coaching setup when he formally takes charge of the Hillsborough club on 1 February.
Referee - Peter Bankes
Assistant Referee 1 - Mark Dwyer
Assistant Referee 2 - Geoffrey Russell
Fourth Official - Sebastian Stockbridge
Latics were last at Hillsborough in September 2016 when Will Grigg's opener looked to have set Gary Caldwell's side on their way to a result only for goals from Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri to turn the game on its head and earn the Owls a 2-1 win.
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Nick Powell (hamstring) returned to training on Monday morning and has been working towards his return, whilst Gavin Massey (hamstring) isn't far behind, and Antonee Robinson (ankle) continues to make progress towards a February comeback.
On Powell, Cook said:
"Nick's not fit enough to be involved this weekend and he felt his calf a little bit earlier in the week, so we have to take our time with him."
"It's been a strong training week and we're delighted with the numbers at our disposal. We've trained well and even with the cold snap we've had over the last few days we've managed to get out as normal. That's credit to the facilities we have at the training ground and the staff who help us to prepare."
Michael Jacobs, who made a goal scoring return last week in the 3-0 win against Aston Villa, could push for a starting place, whilst Anthony Pilkington, who won Man of the Match on his debut at the DW Stadium last Saturday, will be looking to continue his excellent start.
The Owls were in FA Cup action on Tuesday and made just three changes from their 3-0 defeat away at Hull City last Saturday, with Cameron Dawson replacing Keiren Westwood in goal, Jordan Thorniley in for Sam Hutchinson and Marco Matias in for Atdhe Nuhiu.
Hutchinson was deemed 50-50 for the game, Westwood missed out with a toe injury and Joey Pelupessy wasn't involved following an ankle injury against Hull in the Championship.
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