Defender returns after suspension.
Briggs will be looking for an immediate recall to the side, having missed the Shrewsbury game through a one game suspension for totting up five yellow cards so far this season.
He isn't the only addition to the U's squad after last weekend's defeat though.
A couple of injury doubts have given a quartet of young players a place on the bus to the DW Stadium.
Drey Wright, Sammie Szmodics, Tom Lapslie and Cameron James are included in the squad that left north Essex on Friday morning, having all been heavily involved in beating Premier League newcomers Bournemouth in the U21s Cup on Monday.
They will be hoping for a place either in the starting eleven, or on the bench, as the U's look for victory against the Latics on Saturday afternoon.
A larger than normal squad travelled, with boss Tony Humes giving the players with knocks until the last minute to prove their fitness.
U's: Jones, Parrish, Olufemi, James, Kent, Eastman, Elokobi, Briggs, Edwards, Garvan, Lapslie, Gilbey, Moncur, Szmodics, Massey, Hariott, Ambrose, Wright, Sembie-Ferris, Porter, Sordell, Bonne