Updated: Thursday, 24th July 2014 @ 6:21pm

Former Wigan Athletic man Hugo Rodallega will get warm welcome from fans, claims Emmerson Boyce

Former Wigan Athletic man Hugo Rodallega will get warm welcome from fans, claims Emmerson Boyce

By Alex Bysouth

Former Wigan Athletic striker Hugo Rodallega is sure of a warm return to the DW Stadium with Fulham on Saturday, according to defender Emmerson Boyce.

The Latics will be hoping to record their first home league win of the season against the Londoners, who are notoriously poor travellers, but have started the season well.

Rodallega’s goal at Stoke City on the final day kept Wigan in the Premier League, but while Boyce believes the Colombian is fondly remembered, he insists he is the enemy for the day.

“I think he’ll get a very warm welcome from the players and fans,” Boyce told the club’s website.

“But for 90 minutes he is the opposition and we will try our best to stop him and the rest of the Fulham team.”

Roberto Martinez’s side lost 4-0 at last time out against Manchester United, and the Spaniard Antolin Alcaraz will pass a late fitness test after the Paraguayan defender missed the last two games.

Otherwise, Martinez has a full squad to choose from and is expecting a though test – particularly with his former charge Rodallega in the ranks.

He said: "Every time we've played Fulham they've always been really difficult games, very close, and they come down to small details, so I expect more of the same on Saturday.

"We know Hugo really well. It's one of those situations where I'm sure when Hugo retires everyone will have incredible memories of his past at Wigan Athletic.”

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