The latest fitness and injury news ahead of Latics' Sky Bet Championship clash with Aston Villa.
- Sky Bet Championship Team News: Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa.
- New signing Anthony Pilkington set to make his debut.
- Michael Jacobs set to return to the squad, Samy Morsy and Darron Gibson also available.
Speaking to iFollow Latics ahead of his side's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Aston Villa at the DW Stadium on Saturday, Paul Cook said he's ready to hand new signing Anthony Pilkington his debut following the forward's move from Cardiff City earlier in the week.
"Anthony Pilkington has trained with us this week and he'll be coming straight into the team. We've needed a lift in our team lately and he's a great option and I'm delighted to have him here.
"We've also got Michael Jacobs back with us now and he'll be involved in the squad against Aston Villa.
"Add to that the fact that Nick Powell will be training on Monday and Gavin Massey isn't too far behind, there are signs of the rain stopping."
Latics will also be able to call upon captain Samy Morsy, who missed out on the Emirates FA Cup third round against West Bromwich Albion with a tight hamstring, and Darron Gibson, who was a late withdrawal from the team last weekend.
Antonee Robinson continues to make progress in his recovery, but is only expected to return next month.
You can catch up with Anthony Pilkington and Michael Jacobs in the latest episode of our podcast, Latics Listen below.
Dean Smith will be without Jack Grealish, Axel Tuanzebe and goalkeeper Orjan Nyland for the trip to the DW Stadium, with midfielder Henri Lansbury a doubt.
New signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kortney Hause, will be available following his arrival earlier in the week.