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Wigan's James McCarthy sidelined by ankle injury

James McCarthy was injured playing against Bolton on Saturday
McCarthy sustained his injury after a challenge involving Bolton's Muamba

Wigan midfielder James McCarthy is expected to be out of action for up to 10 weeks with the ankle injury he sustained against Bolton on Saturday.

McCarthy, 19, was hurt after a tackle by Trotters midfielder Fabrice Muamba during the 1-1 draw.

"It was an unnecessary challenge, it was not malicious but it was reckless," said Latics manager Roberto Martinez.

"One of the most creative young players in the League is going to be out for up to 10 weeks. That is a football crime."

McCarthy has made 11 appearances for Wigan so far this season but was carried off after 30 minutes against Bolton.

Uncle Bobby

"It is a little bit better than we thought at first but it is obviously ligament damage in the right ankle," added Martinez.

"When it is swollen it is sometimes difficult to assess but there is no fracture, we hope."

The Scot joined the club from Hamilton in July 2009, with the Latics seeing off competition from several English clubs, including Wolves, to sign the player.

"He has been sensational," stated Martinez. "Sometimes it is hard to understand the age of James.

"He plays with a great maturity and understanding and the level of performance has been so consistent for a young man it shows you the quality he has got.

"When he comes back he will be stronger and ready to make a real impact in the rest of the season."

Wigan are also set to be without defender Emmerson Boyce for up to three weeks as the 31-year-old recovers from a pulled hamstring.

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see also
Wigan 1-1 Bolton
23 Oct 10 |  Premier League
McCarthy completes Wigan transfer
21 Jul 09 |  Wigan

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