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14 March 2014

Uwe Rosler expects tough test, but remains optimistic despite latest injury news.

Wigan Athletic head to Suffolk for their latest challenge in the push for a place in the Sky Bet Championship play-off places, and Uwe Rosler is expecting just as tough a task as his side met against Sheffield Wednesday when they face Ipswich Town.

Rosler will also be without midfielder Roger Espinoza this weekend who, as announced earlier today on, has faced an operation on a hernia.

Speaking of the challenge lying ahead this Saturday, Rosler said:

"It hasn't been ideal preparation for the weekend losing another midfielder, but we must carry on through this tough period," said Rosler.

“We know we will come up against a very strong team, but it’s like that every week now.”

“If we want to push for the play-offs and promotion then we need to prove why we are worthy of it against teams like Ipswich who also have the same aims.”

Speaking highly of the Tractor Boys’ manager Mick McCarthy, Rosler continued:

“Ipswich are a very well organised team and we know all about the way Mick McCarthy sets his teams up.

“He has a lot of experience in getting teams out of this league and his work in the past is something to be admired.”

It’s another long trip for Latics this weekend, but Rosler believes his players will take inspiration from their victory against Brighton & Hove Albion last month.

“Ipswich is one of our longest away trips and we’ve had a day less to get ready,” added Rosler.

“But we’ve coped with this issue before when we went to Brighton & Hove Albion.

“We came away with three points that day, so if we can go to the game with the same attitude then we’ll achieve our objectives.”

Earlier this week it was announced that Latics had won the LMA Performance of the Week for the second time in a row, and Rosler said he wouldn’t mind making it a hat-trick on Saturday against Ipswich.

“We won a second Performance of the Week award for the win against Manchester City, and I would really like to stress that WE won it, not just myself.

“My players delivered a fantastic performance last Sunday and I think we can deliver again this weekend against Ipswich.

“We’re going down to the game with every intention to win and our supporters expect us to give it our all in every game.

“That’s what we have been doing recently, so with that in mind maybe we can make it three awards in a row.”

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