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19 October 2012

Roberto Martinez reveals that Paraguayan defender is close to a return but not close enough

Wigan Athletic return to Barclays Premier League action this weekend against Roberto Martinez’s former team Swansea City but, he believes it may be a bit too early for injured defender Antolin Alcaraz.

“The players that were involved are used to playing a lot and their fitness levels are very good.

“The only injury concern we have had is with Antolin Alcaraz and these two weeks have been very good in his rehabilitation period.

“We expect Antolin to come back within the next two weeks because he has already been doing some work with the team and has joined the group a lot earlier than we expected.

“The players that didn’t go away with national teams have got a lot out of the two weeks and have been able to work hard a refresh themselves.

“The focus now is to get as many points as possible for Wigan Athletic.”

It will be the third meeting between Latics and Swansea in the Barclays Premier League, something which the gaffer says will be completely different from the past two meetings.

“When we played Swansea last season it was their first home game in the Premier League.

“Now they are a different team and it is a different situation because of the successful season they had last season.

“We know that they are a team that can control games at home and they can impose themselves and we know that we will have to be at our best. 

“It is going to be a completely different game from last season because the footballing philosophy of the team has changed slightly with the new manager coming in and now they have gained experience as well.”

The South Wales side had a change of manager during the summer with Brendan Rodgers departing for Liverpool and Danish legend Michael Laudrup bringing in his own stamp on the team.

“Michael Laudrup has a clear attraction to players because of the way he does things and his teams are always a real threat in the final third.

“The recruitment at Swansea has been outstanding what with players like Michu, Pablo Hernandez and Chico Flores coming in.

“To have a striker who has scored the amount of goals that Michu has scored just goes to show that he didn’t even need a settling period and he has been very smart piece of business by Michael (Laudrup).”

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