Odemwingie ruled out of Wigan match
Published 16:29 15/03/12 By MirrorFootball
West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson has ruled leading scorer Peter Odemwingie out of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at relegation-threatened Wigan because of a calf problem.
The Nigerian international has been back to his best in recent weeks despite having to play in a wide right role, scoring five of his 10 goals this season in the space of two games against Wolves and Sunderland.
But Odemwingie was struggling with the injury before last weekend's clash at Manchester United - even though he played - and will not be ready to face the Latics.
Hodgson said: "Peter Odemwingie is a doubt for the Wigan game. It's a calf strain. In fact, I wouldn't think he will make the game.
"Peter was complaining about the problem a bit before the United game last week and when we came off afterwards. But it opens the door for a few people."
The likes of Shane Long, Somen Tchoyi and Simon Cox will be challenging for a spot, but Hodgson is unlikely to switch from the 4-5-1 formation which has proved successful recently, with Marc-Antoine-Fortune the only out and out central striker.
Hodgson also has defensive problems to resolve with centre-back Jonas Olsson suspended after his red card at Old Trafford, while right-back Steven Reid is sidelined long term with his ankle injury.
In addition, midfielder Keith Andrews has been unable to train so far this week because of a knee problem.
But Hodgson said: "Everyone can point to maybe two, three, four injuries and we just have to get on with it."
Albion are laying on free coaches for 4,500 fans travelling to the DW Stadium as a thank you for their support this season.
Hodgson said: "Our support, home and away, has been good, but 4,500 is an exceptional crowd to be taking to an away game because Wigan is not exactly on the doorstep.
"We thank the fans very much for that and will be working very hard to show how much we value their support by giving a good performance and trying to win the game."
Hodgson has challenged his players to put the United setback behind them after previously winning three games in succession to move well clear of the relegation battle.
He said: "I think you've got to be careful taking too many positives from defeats, but we were on an excellent run prior to Old Trafford where we were obliged to play for long periods for 10 men.
"I hope we put that game behind us, not let it affect our confidence and form, and carry on where we left off against Chelsea a couple of weeks ago."