With Town waiting on test results before assessing the severity of James’ Vaughan’s calf injury – the striker having had a scan yesterday – fellow frontman Stead could make a start as Town aim to stop a poor run of home form at the Latics’ expense.
There have been 10 matches in all competitions at the John Smith’s Stadium without a win, and 21st-placed Town are aiming to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-1 home Championship defeat by Middlesbrough.
Stead scored the late goal which looked to have earned a point before Boro’s stoppage-time penalty clincher, and Lynch said: “I was delighted he got his goal, and we deserved a draw.
“Jon’s an experienced player who works really hard in training. He’s popular with the lads and good to have in the squad.”
Former Cardiff City man Hudson made his debut and fellow centre-back Lynch said: “I really enjoyed playing with him.
“His know how and awareness meant I knew exactly what I was doing and where I was all game. I think we’ll be a lot more solid with him.”
Town are seeking a first clean sheet in 20 games against Wigan, who have lost their last six on the road and are placed 16th to the home side’s 21st.
Lynch says Powell is making his presence felt, explaining: “He’s brought everybody together. He wants us to be a family and it’s good to be around the place at the moment.”
Vaughan’s injury is a worrying setback after he recently returned from a similar problem. The 26-year-old has made two starts and two substitute appearances this season.