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Scharner been an important influence since Wigan return

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is delighted with the performance of Paul Scharner following his return to the DW Stadium in January. Once again he finds himself embroiled in a relegation fight, and cast in the role of key man following the recent injuries to fellow defenders Antolin Alcaraz and Maynor Figueroa.

"Paul has been a very good influence so far," said Martinez.

"He brought a real experience at the back and has taken a lot of responsibility in helping the team to get results.

"Obviously he had prior knowledge of the club, which meant he didn't need any adaptation or transitional period."

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