JAMES McCarthy could be out of action until the New Year after sustaining ankle ligament damage at Norwich on Saturday.
The Republic of Ireland ace was the victim of a mistimed lunge by Canaries midfielder Bradley Johnson in the early exchanges of Wigan’s 2-1 reverse at Carrow Road.
McCarthy was able to continue after lengthy treatment but never really looked comfortable, and it was no surprise when he failed to appear for the second half.
Roberto Martinez accused the Canaries of “taking him out of the game”, and the Latics boss now faces an anxious wait to discover the full extent of the damage.
“It was a nasty challenge, one incident off the ball,” Martinez moaned.
“The referee has seen it and has given Johnson a yellow card, but it is one of those actions you don’t want to see.
“It is his ankle ligaments, we will X-ray it and get the results from the scans very shortly.
“But I doubt if he will be available for the next 10 days.
“James has been in good form, and they took him out of the game, which is very disappointing.”
Martinez’s misery was compounded when Adrian Lopez appeared to pull a hamstring in the dying seconds.
However, with all three substitutions having already been made, the former Deportivo man was forced to complete the game virtually on one leg.
Lopez managed to hold out to the end but had to be stretchered off after the final whistle, and he too will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s visit of Arsenal.