Hillsborough

Next Game

Sheff Wed v Wigan

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

DW Stadium

Last Game

Wigan 1 - 1 M'boro

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Martinez backing for Caldwell

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is confident that the returning Gary Caldwell can fill the void left by the injured Antolin Alcaraz in the Latics battle for survival.

Last Updated: 24/04/13 at 15:30 Post Comment

Gary Caldwell: Key role to play in the fight for Prenmier league survival

Gary Caldwell: Key role to play in the fight for Prenmier league survival

Alcaraz's hamstring problem also puts his participation in the FA Cup final in doubt but Martinez has plenty of faith in Scotland international Caldwell.

"It is vitally important to have Gary back with all the experience he brings and he looked sharp and ready for the end of the season," said Martinez.

"Antolin had the scans and he has a bit of a tear in his hamstring, which is what we expected, but we got fortunate he stopped playing at the moment he did.

"We will treat him and see how quickly he will respond but it will take the best part of three weeks.

"Antolin was in a good form so the focus is to get him back before the end of the season.

"It has been one of those seasons which, for one reason or another, we have had a difficult time with certain injuries.

"Ivan Ramis had a cruciate ligament injury, Ben Watson broke his leg and Albert Crusat bruised a tendon in his knee.

"We need to get everyone fit and ready over the next few weeks because the demands are huge."

Midfielder Watson has not featured since breaking his leg against Liverpool in November, but he is closing in on a return after a recent outing for the reserves.

"Hopefully I'm not too far away. After a long-term injury you just want to be out there," he said.

"I think now it is down to the manager whether he wants to put me in or not. Everyone is going to be needed."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

oved the article. i remember at school, after failing an exam, I would become obscenely secretly happy if I discover that others failed as well. Misery loves company...Now here is to hoping Chelsea joins the party and Stoke city wins the league...Cheers!

gabu
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

C

haos reached its ultimate reckoning last weekend with Tony Hibbert looking assured at left back and Osman looking like a cultured ball playing midfielder before busting a gut to get to the back post for a Samuel Eto'o ball. Different chaos but chaos. If Kone scores the winner tonight I fear the world will end.

jelasfirsttouch
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

A

beautiful demonstration of why stats mean diddly-squat in football.

cheshire-gooner
WhoScored's PL Team Of 2014 So Far...

Footer 365

Scottish football: Ally McCoist says 'write Rangers off at your peril'

Rangers manager Ally McCoist believes his side are capable of catching Hearts in the race for the Championship title.

Jack Wilshere has had ankle surgery and the Arsenal man will be out for around three months

Arsenal will be without Jack Wilshere for around three months after the midfielder underwent ankle surgery.

Transfer news: Yannick Bolasie won't be leaving Crystal Palace, says Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has vowed winger Yannick Bolasie will not leave Crystal Palace during the January transfer window.

Mail Box

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

Mails: Quit Massaging Mourinho's Ego

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox after it was claimed that the Chelsea boss has transformed Cesc Fabregas into a complete player. Plus, more on Arsenal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property