Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Ryo Miyaichi could feature for Wigan this weekend as his side take on Everton in the FA Cup.
The Japanese winger has barely featured for the Latics since moving to the DW Stadium on loan at the beginning of the season with a succession of injuries restricting him to one start in the Capital One Cup game and four sub appearances in the Premier League.
A groin injury sustained in November came as the first blow while a niggly ankle problem has also taken its toll on the 20-year-old’s fitness.
Having survived a 45-minute run out for Wigan’s under-21 clash with Nottingham on Monday, Martinez spoke with cautious optimism about a possible first team return.
“We need to be careful we don’t push him too early,” said Martinez.
“But I do see his ankle is fully recovered, and it is just a matter of introducing him slowly and seeing how he responds to his individual programme.”
Arseblog News can’t help but think that Arsene may have to farm Ryo out on loan again next season given the way things have panned out for the lad this term; he’s hardly garnered the experience we were hoping for so far.
On the plus side with a tour of the Far East on the horizon, including a game in his homeland, there’s a good chance he’ll again be heavily involved in the first team’s pre-season preparations.
In no way is this because he drives Japanese schoolgirls batsh*t crazy…don’t be so cynical.