WIGAN Athletic manager Roberto Martinez faces an anxious 48 hours before discovering the full extent of the knee injury that robbed him of Hugo Rodallega’s services at the weekend.
Rodallega missed Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom with a knock sustained during the recent clash at Norwich.
The Colombian finished the game at Carrow Road but reported the problem to the medical staff during the week.
Without their all-time top Premier League marksman, Latics fluffed their lines in front of goal in dropping two more priceless points.
And Martinez admits everyone at the DW Stadium is keeping their fingers crossed that Rodallega will be given the green light for the relegation run-in.
“Hugo’s had a scan and we hope to have clear idea over the next day or two whether he has a chance of playing against Liverpool next weekend,” Martinez told the Evening Post.
“The injury is far worse than we first thought, because we initially expected him to have been okay for West Brom.
“That obviously wasn’t the case, but we’re hoping it’s not a serious problem because we need Hugo at his best for the rest of the season.”
Martinez remains confident Latics can drag themselves out of trouble, despite being ‘12-14 points’ behind where he feels they should be at this stage of the campaign.
“We all know it’s a crime not to have picked up three points on Saturday,” he added.
“I know the players deserve massive credit for the manner in which they represented the club.
“But it was another point to add to our total at the end of the day, and we’ll go to Anfield aiming to pick up the points we lost out on.
“I know we’ve got tough fixtures ahead of us, but our journey as a club has been a difficult road and now is the time to rely on one another to get through another chapter.
“With 22 points on the board, we’re perhaps 12-14 points less than what I feel we deserve at this point.
“But there are nine games left and this squad has enough talent, quality and desire to get the points we need to stay in the Premier League.
“And that’s what it’s all about from now on.”