Wigan boss Martinez convinced of Espinoza quality

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez is delighted with the arrival of Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza.

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez is delighted with the arrival of Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza.

A decision by a Football Association panel gave the 26-year-old the all-clear to join the Latics when his contract with MLS side Sporting Kansas City expires at the end of December.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, who travelled to London to attend the hearing, said: "We prepared an excellent case for Roger and it is great news for us that he can now join up in January.

"He is a player we have been following closely since June 16 2010, when he made his debut in the World Cup versus Chile.

"In that game, he showed tremendous potential and slowly he has been developing into an exciting footballer over the last three seasons in the MLS and has enjoyed terrific experiences at international level, specifically his role with Honduras in the Olympic games.

"The games versus Spain and Brazil in that tournament showed the winning and strong mentality that he possesses which will be an important asset to our squad."

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