Wigan's Melchiot keen on facing Birmingham

Wigan Athletic captain Mario Melchiot hopes to be fit to face former club Birmingham City this weekend.

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Melchiot spoke of his optimism that he will play on against his former club, and emphasised the need to pick up three points.

"I have a good chance of playing against Birmingham, although it's up to the medical people to make the final decision," he told the Evening Post.

"The injury is feeling better. If I play on Saturday, I'll have only missed one game, but I could have set myself back had I tried to play sooner.

"I'm looking forward to going back as I had a good time at Birmingham.

"Their supporters are up there with the best - they are the 12th man at St Andrews.

"We are looking to win the game as Birmingham are in a similar position to us.

"We need to do better than we have been doing for the last few weeks, so we need all three points."

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