Boyce aims to be back in the frame

Wigan player Emmerson Boyce in action against Stoke
Wigan player Emmerson Boyce in action against Stoke

EMMERSON Boyce is hoping that a few days in the Tenerife sunshine will have fast-tracked his return to the first-team picture.

The right-back has missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury picked up in the 2-2 draw at Stoke.

But the 33-year-old has escaped a repeat of the serious hamstring damage that ruled him out for two months.

And he’s keeping his fingers crossed that he’ll be passed fit to make Sunday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at Championship outfit Huddersfield.

“It’s not quite as bad as we thought, so that’s a massive plus,” he told the Evening Post.

“It’s only a grade one, which is nowhere near as bad as the one I had last season when I was out for a couple of months.

“It’s just been a case now of nursing it and making sure everything is right before I try and do some proper running, to avoid making it worse.

“That’s what I did last time, and it ruled me out for a couple of months – so I wasn’t going to make that mistake again.”

Boyce has been one of Wigan’s walking wounded who Roberto Martinez believes will have benefitted from this week’s training camp in Tenerife.

“A change of environment and a change of workplace always helps, and the Vitamin D from the sun is very important,” Martinez explained.

“The water facilities here have been perfect for Ryo (Miyaichi), Antolin (Alcaraz), Emmerson (Boyce), Adrian (Lopez), Fraser (Fyvie) and Ben (Watson) especially.

“I’m sure their recovery time will be accelerated, and having those players back will give us a big boost at a really crucial time of the season.”