Holt fingers crossed over knee

Grant Holt in action for Wigan
Grant Holt in action for Wigan

GRANT Holt is keeping his fingers crossed that he has escaped serious damage to his knee.

The striker pulled up lame in the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, having scored Wigan’s first goal, and missed last week’s win over Nottingham Forest.

The swelling has gone down sufficiently for him to have a scan, and he is hoping the results will allow him to get back on the field as quickly as possible.

“It’s always frustrating when you’re out, but hopefully it won’t be too long and I’m back out there soon,” Holt told the Evening Post.

“I’ve been quite lucky with injuries during my career, a couple of hamstring injuries here and there but nothing too serious.

“And I don’t think this one will be too bad, fingers crossed.”

Holt, a proven goalscorer in the Championship from his Norwich days, has scored two goals in his four league starts for Latics.

Owen Coyle’s men have not had it all their own way so far, but Holt reckons the early signs are positive.

“We’re still learning about each other’s play, there’s so many new faces here,” he added.

“I’ve always said that if we can hold our own in the first part of the season, then we’ll come into our own later on.

“At times we’ve been getting frustrated with ourselves, because we know we’re better than what we’ve been showing at times.

“But it’s been a big learning curve so far. And when you get so many new players coming together at once, that can happen.”