Turf Moor

Next Game

Burnley v Wigan

Monday, 21 April 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

DW Stadium

Last Game

Wigan 3 - 0 Reading

Friday, 18 April 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Caldwell battling to be fit

Wigan captain Gary Caldwell is willing to play through the pain barrier to lead the team out in the FA Cup final.

Last Updated: 11/05/13 at 16:36 Post Comment   

Gary Caldwell: Wigan captain likely to require summer surgery

Gary Caldwell: Wigan captain likely to require summer surgery

The Latics take on Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday but Caldwell is struggling to be there as he battles the chronic hip injury that has disrupted his season.

"I've had to manage a difficult injury," the 31-year-old Scot told the Daily Record. "The hip I had surgery on three years ago has been playing up for nine months.

"I had a steroid injection last week which has helped it a little bit so hopefully that will help me get through the next few weeks. It looks like I'll need surgery on it again over the summer.

"I have not trained properly for six months. When I do I have to take an injection and I get two of them to help me through games.

"It's been hard because I want to contribute, I want to help, but if you are not 100 per cent there's no point being on the park.

"The gaffer has been great. He said he'll use me whenever he feels I can contribute and help the team. Hopefully, he feels that way on Saturday.

"I can't do the hip any more harm in the long term. The damage is done. I will see the surgeon again at the end of the season to discuss the next step.

"It's all about what kind of mobility I'm going to have with it - and what pain I can take. It's wear and tear on the joint.

"But I would take an injection to play on Saturday. I'd do it any week if it takes a bit of the pain away and means I'm able to help the team. I'm happy to do that."

Massive

Caldwell knows it will be a huge occasion on Saturday and has dared to dream about what it would mean to lift the first major trophy in Wigan's history.

"It would be really big to lead the side out at Wembley," he added. "When you're at a club and you're doing something no one has done before in that club's history, it's a massive thing.

"The semi-final was the first Wigan had been to and we came through it. Now we have the chance to win the FA Cup. It would be a phenomenal story.

"This is a unique club. I've played for Celtic which is a huge one on a world scale. But I came here to play in the Premier League, knowing it was a smaller club.

"It's a family club, a friendly club and there are people who have been here since the days of the old stadium in the lower leagues.

"To do something the club hasn't done before would be huge. We're giving people who have been involved for 30 years a massive day out at Wembley. That's special."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Top three falter in League Two

Promotion nerves hit the top three clubs in Sky Bet League Two as Scunthorpe, Chesterfield and Rochdale all failed to win on Good Friday.

Brentford promoted, Wolves hit six

Brentford sealed promotion from League One with a 1-0 win over Preston, coupled with defeats for Rotherham and Leyton Orient.

Bournemouth beaten, Reading slip

Bournemouth and Reading both suffered blows to their Championship play-off hopes after defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan respectively.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

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