Alcaraz has fingers crossed

Antolin Alcaraz in action against Nottingham Forest
Antolin Alcaraz in action against Nottingham Forest

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.