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Wigan sign Atletico's Robles on loan

ESPN staff
January 17, 2013
Joel Robles thwarts Lionel Messi and he will return to Spain at the end of the season © Getty Images

Wigan have signed Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Joel Robles on loan until the end of the season.

Robles, 22, had spent time at the DW Stadium on trial and, having impressed manager Roberto Martinez, he will join the Premier League strugglers for the rest of the campaign.

An Atletico statement read: "Atletico Madrid and Wigan Athletic have reached an agreement so that Joel Robles, after a trial period with the English club, will play on loan until June 30 with the Premier League team.

"The goalkeeper will return to the Rojiblanco at the end of this loan period."

Robles, who had been behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order in Spain, will provide competition for Ali Al-Habsi and Mike Pollitt at Wigan.

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