Al Habsi Set For Reebok Return

  • February 10, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Ali Al Habsi admits he is looking forward to playing at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday but all emotions will disappear once the game begins.

After impressing in a loan spell at the DW Stadium last season, Al Habsi made his Latics move permanent last summer as he completed a £4million switch from Wanderers.

The Oman international returns to the Reebok for the first time on Saturday and he admits he is looking forward to playing against his old club, but he is fully focused on helping Roberto Martinez's side to three points.

"I'm really looking forward to returning to the Reebok Stadium having had so many happy memories there before my move to Wigan Athletic," Al Habsi told Wigan's official club website.

"I may not have played many games for Bolton but I'll always remember the appearances I did make and always gave 100% for the team when called upon.

"It's going to be a fantastic experience to go back there representing another team facing some old friends.

"Once the whistle goes those emotions disappear and the only thing that matters is getting the result we need, hopefully along with a clean-sheet too.

"It's a big game for the players and the fans made extra special because of the situation both sides are in at the moment."

Al Habsi made 18 appearances for Bolton between 2006 and 2011 and is fondly remembered by Wanderers fans for his role in keeping the club in the Premier League in 2008.

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