WIGAN Athletic have been robbed of the services of captain Craig Morgan until the New Year.
The big centre-half pulled up lame with a groin problem during the recent home defeat to Burton Albion.
That caused him to sit out last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Southend, and boss Gary Caldwell has revealed the Welshman will be sidelined for the festive period and possibly longer.
“Craig will be out for a few weeks,” said Caldwell.
“It’s not as bad as it could have been, and he’s someone who works very hard in the gym and he’ll quickly regain any fitness he will lose.
“He’ll come back even stronger when he does return.”
Morgan has made 16 appearances for Latics since his summer switch from Rotherham.
The 30-year-old was immediately made club captain by Caldwell, who says he’ll retain his senior role during his spell on the sidelines.
“Craig’s our captain and our leader, and he’ll be in amongst the boys every day to keep them on their toes and keep his influence in the group,” added the Latics chief.
“In terms of his quality on the ball and in his defending he gives us a lot of composure.
“He’ll be a big miss but, as we’ve said before, we’ve got a massive squad that can deal with that.”
Caldwell does have a ready-made replacement in fit-again Jason Pearce, who should also take over the captaincy from his injured colleague.
Chris McCann is also struggling with a groin problem picked up last week at Southend, although Caldwell confirmed the damage is less severe and the Irishman should be back in full training next week.