Alcaraz has fingers crossed

Antolin Alcaraz in action against Nottingham Forest
Antolin Alcaraz in action against Nottingham Forest
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ANTOLIN Alcaraz is keeping his fingers crossed the groin injury he picked up on international duty will not rule him out for too long.

The big centre-back pulled up lame during Paraguay’s 2-0 defeat against Venezuela last week, and was forced to sit out Wigan’s 4-0 defeat against Manchester United at the weekend.

Roberto Martinez admitted at the weekend that Alcaraz had sustained a tear in his groin that would continue to be monitored.

And Alcaraz is desperately hoping he has escaped serious damage.

“I’m okay,” he said after training yesterday. “I felt a lot better a few days ago, put it like that, but I’m okay.

“I am waiting to hear back from the doctor, but my hope is that it won’t be a long-term problem.

“I am feeling better all the time, although there is still a little bit of pain there.

“It was a pretty normal movement during the game, and I just felt pain in the muscle.

“I came off straight away because I didn’t want to make it worse.

“I obviously want to play on Saturday, but the decision will be up to the doctor.”

Meanwhile, a brace from Callum McManaman helped Wigan’s U21s recover from 3-0 down to draw with Barnsley.

The Tykes led 3-0 before McManaman scored a minute either side of the interval to make it 3-2.

And Mauro Boselli popped up with a last-gasp leveller to rescue a point.