Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has admitted the Latics will need to bolster their squad in the January transfer window. Martinez has one less striker at his disposal after Marlon King was sent to prison and subsequently sacked by the club.
Maynor Figueroa is set to be sidelined for two months with a knee ligament injury, leaving Erik Edman as the only recognised left-back available for selection.
"We need to strengthen, as we have lost a player (Figueroa) and cannot leave ourselves open," said the Spaniard.
"We know our budget, the money we have to spend, but it is not just about that.
"It is about finding the right players and personalities. We will work on different markets to try to make things happen."
Martinez has been in his first Premier League job less than six months but knows he has to put in place foundations which will serve the club better over the coming seasons.
"If we are missing two or three players, we are going to be affected," he told the Wigan Evening Post.
"It's something that doesn't concern me but it's something we need to look to address over the next two or three years, and come up with a stronger structure."