Martinez to wait for Al Habsi
Roberto Martinez has revealed he is not planning to make a move for goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi in January.
Last Updated: 16/12/10 2:34pm
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has revealed he is not planning to make a move for goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi in the January transfer window.
The 28-year-old shot-stopper is currently on a season-long loan at the DW Stadium from Bolton and has impressed with some fine performances so far this term.
Wanderers have said they will listen to offers for the Oman international, and a number of clubs are thought to be tracking his progress.
But Martinez is happy to wait until the summer before deciding to make a move for Al Habsi.
"From our point of view Ali is here for the whole season," he said.
"We have been very pleased with Ali's performances and the way he has settled into the football club.
"I don't want to distract from the good level Ali is showing.
"We have got him until the end of the season and we will work really hard in the summer to secure his services.
"There is going to be a lot of speculation but our focus is on the games before the window.
"Ali can carry on improving his game. I feel Ali is probably at the age where he is ready to show his true potential in the Premier League and I am delighted to have him here with us."
Wigan take on Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday and their Spanish coach admits they have injury problems.
He remarked: "We're in the middle of a difficult situation in terms of numbers, I think we've got up to seven players that could be missing for Saturday.
"We're not in a very strong position in terms of numbers but I think the players are in a great frame of mind.
"Emmerson Boyce is still injured. James McCarthy is progressing well but will still be recovering for the best part of seven weeks, Victor Moses is recovering well but unavailable, Gary Caldwell played a friendly on Tuesday and we're going to assess him.
"Tom Cleverley had to come off against Everton at half-time and we're not going to know until Friday if he is going to be ready, and for Franco Di Santo Saturday probably comes a bit too early for him.
"We've got a long list of players missing but the rest of the squad is ready to cope with whatever is thrown at us."