Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is confident that the current injury toll being experienced by the club can only make them stronger.

The Latics have eight senior players in the treatment room following injuries to James McCarthy and Adrian Lopez in the 2-1 loss to Norwich City on Saturday leaving the Spanish tactician with plenty of headaches.

Martinez expects the pair to miss the weekend's trip to Arsenal but is not getting too downcast as he feels it can help bind everyone at the DW Stadium.

"We don't want to look at excuses but having so many players unavailable, and senior players at that, is affecting us too much at the moment," he said.

"It's a situation I've never seen before: Adrian Lopez picked up a nasty hamstring injury and James McCarthy was involved in one of the most infuriating incidents of the game having been targeted by the opposition and picking up a nasty ankle injury as a result.

"I doubt James will make the Arsenal game next weekend and we'll have to assess Adrian in the week but he's a doubt as well.

"Now is a moment that we need to get together as a club and face this adversity to make sure we find a response.

"Having eight players missing is a real challenge for any club but we need to show now our typical togetherness and that feeling only we can create at the club."

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