Martinez reveals wait on extent of McCarthy injury

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has revealed that midfielder James McCarthy has suffered ankle ligament damage after he was on the end of a heavy challenge from Norwich City’s Bradley Johnson at the weekend however they will not know the true extent of the damage until the injury has settled enough to enable a reliable scan to be undertaken.

Speaking about the injury, Martinez said

“It was a disappointing moment. Believe me, it was a nasty challenge, it was a challenge or an incident off the ball.

“James McCarthy picked up a very nasty injury on his ankle. The referee saw it and he gave him a yellow card. There is not much else he could have done but it was one of those actions you don’t want to see.

“We all know James McCarthy, he is in a great moment of form, he scored two goals in the previous game and they took him out of the game and that was very, very disappointing. It is the ankle ligament – the external ligament – we will X-ray it in the next 24 hours and find out. We’ll get the results from the scan very shortly but I doubt if he’s available for the next 10 days. I doubt it very much.”

Martinez was quick to rule out injuries as the reason for Wigan’s poor form recently, adding

“You need to cope with injuries and you need to cope with suspensions. At the moment we have four centre-halves, probably our most senior centre-halves, out injured and today it showed.

“The two goals we conceded were soft and that is disappointing. The reason, clearly, is the amount of players we’ve got missing and it’s not an excuse.

“When you’ve got one or two players missing it can become an excuse, you’ve got a larger squad, but when you’ve got six players plus the two injuries we picked up today you’re talking about facing games at this level with eight players missing.

“It becomes tough for the players, but we can’t perform in the manner we did in the first half, feeling sorry for ourselves and looking like a team without real desire and I’m glad the second half was the opposite of that. It will set us up nicely for the next game against Arsenal at home.”

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