Adam Lockwood, who is assisting caretaker manager Dean Holden, believes he is ready to make the return to the starting 11 after a lengthy lay-off.
Lockwood, who suffered the injury against Barrow in pre-season, made his return from the substitutes bench during Saturday's 4-0 defeat to Preston North End.
The 33-year-old could now feature in tonight's clash with Port Vale and if called upon, Lockwood admits he is ready to make the step up.
He said: "I've been really frustrated so it was great to be back. I wish it had been in better circumstances but I will give my all in both sides of my roles and keep myself as fit as possible.
"I'll make myself fit for selection and if it's the right thing to do to put me in then we'll see where we go."
The Valiants sit two points ahead of Latics in the Sky Bet League One table and he believes the big pitch at Vale Park could help his players excel.
"We have got players who will flourish on a pitch like that. We will look at that and put out a team that will give us the best chance to go there and get a positive result," commented Lockwood.
"A pitch is a pitch to me. You still have to defend that goal and keep the ball out the back of the net. If we can implement our game on them then we know we will be in there with a chance."
Watch the full interview on Latics Player.