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Rosler happy with options

Uwe Rosler has reiterated his delight with the strength in depth of Wigan's ranks as the club revealed midfielder Ben Watson will miss the rest of the season with a double leg break.

Watson, who wrote himself into Latics folklore with the header which brought them the FA Cup last season, was carried off the pitch in Tuesday night's 2-0 win over Barnsley following a nasty collision with Martin Woods.

On Wednesday the Sky Bet Championship outfit confirmed the damage was as serious as first feared, with Watson fracturing his fibula and tibia in two places just 15 months after breaking the same leg.

With Watson now spending a significant period on the sidelines, it is another senior figure lost for a squad which has had to do without club captain Gary Caldwell (Achilles) and Scotland international Shaun Maloney (hip) for most of the campaign.

Despite that, though, Rosler's team remain in the Championship play-off hunt and in the FA Cup with the German happily utilising rotation during a campaign which will have at least 60 games in it.

"In defence, we're getting more and more option," he said.

"Markus Holgersson and Thomas Rogne played another 90 minutes in our development team and Ivan Ramis has undergone a very strict fitness regime.

"Overall I'm pleased with what I have at my disposal, we have certain options.

"Callum McManaman had a kick on the ankle, this is why he was not involved at all (against Barnsley). But he will be ready for Brighton."

Seagulls boss Oscar Garcia claimed Wigan had the best squad in the entire division this week and noted he thought they could name three different starting line-ups.

One man Brighton are likely to see is Nicky Maynard, who scored the third goal of his loan spell from Cardiff on Tuesday.

"He's getting better and better," added Rosler.

"I'm very happy with Nicky Maynard; he looks sharp and he's buying in to my pressing.

"He's willing to do it and he goes from strength to strength. He's now got his third goal. He likes it here and I like working with him."