Wednesday will battle through their injury obstacles and head to Watford in good heart, says first team coach Stuart Gray.
The likes of Lewis Buxton, Giles Cokes and Michail Antonio are unavailable for the Vicarage Road clash but Gray insists the mood has not been dampened by fitness concerns.
He said: “It’s fair to say we have a few bodies in the physio’s room at the moment and everyone – the chairman, myself and the physios – want them out of there as soon as possible.
“The good thing is that those players have suffered impact injuries, which are unavoidable, but obviously we want them back as soon as we can.
“But we will still put out a strong team at Watford on Saturday and we will be going there to win.
“The spirit around the place is top drawer and if the players put in the same kind of effort that they did against Leicester and Nottingham Forest then there is no reason why we cannot come away from Watford with a result.
“One of the things I have drilled into them is that they have to be able to look at themselves after a game and say ‘I gave everything’.
“Sometimes things don’t go for players in a game and that happens but what you can’t stop doing is running and giving everything you can for the cause.”
Gray faced the inevitable questions on the S6 managerial situation at his pre-match media conference and reiterated his stance from last week – adding that whilst in possession of the role, he will give nothing but his all:
“The chairman has asked me to take charge of the Watford game and after that, I will be taking things one day at a time.
“Will I be in charge for Wigan? I hope so because I am confident we can win at Watford.
“I expect everything from the players because I give everything myself.
“We are all in the same corner fighting for the same thing and that is three points on Saturday.”