ANTOLIN Alcaraz has given Wigan Athletic a massive injury worry ahead of the crucial relegation run-in.
The big Paraguayan was forced to quit the action after just 15 minutes on Saturday as Latics went down 2-0 at West Ham.
Alcaraz has already missed six months of the campaign with a serious groin injury, and his return had coincided with Wigan’s recent resurgence.
The initial prognosis, pending further scans, is that he will be missing for between seven and 10 days - which would rule him out of the visit of Champions League-chasing Tottenham on Saturday.
And Roberto Martinez will be keeping his fingers crossed that Alcaraz was withdrawn from the action in the nick of time before he suffered any lasting damage.
Latics are already without Ivan Ramis for the rest of the season, after the Spaniard damaged knee ligaments at Fulham back in January.
And the loss of another defensive rock would be a hammer-blow ahead of the final five games of the campaign.
“The injury to Antolin made for a very difficult afternoon for us,” said Martinez.
“He’s got a soft tissue injury to the back of his hamstring, and so we’ll assess him this week before discovering exactly how long he’ll be out for.
“It’s obviously a real negative note, and had an effect on how we wanted to play.”