Latics get Hugo boost

Hugo Rodallega
Hugo Rodallega

LATICS received a significant boost yesterday when it was revealed that Colombian ace Hugo Rodallega will not be out of action for anywhere near as long as was first feared.

Front-man Rodallega went down under a hefty challenge from sub Denis Stracqualursi late on during Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League reverse at Everton.

After watching Rodallega stretchered off with a knee injury in the last minute, Latics boss Roberto Martinez feared that his strike star could be out for anything up to three months.

However, that will definitely not be the case now, and the Colombian should be back in action well before the busy Christmas programme.

In fact December itself looks daunting as Latics will face Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool at the DW Stadium and current runaway leaders Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Reporting on Rodallega’s injury yesterday, Martinez said: “We’ve all been a bit worried over the past 48 hours following such a bad challenge, but thankfully the scan results have come back very positive.

“There’s no big concern surrounding the structure of Hugo’s knee.

“There is swelling and a fair amount of bruising, but there’s no rupture of the ligament.

“At this stage it is still impossible to tell exactly how long Hugo will be out, but it will be for nowhere near as long as we had all initially feared.

“That’s fantastic news of course, so now it’s just about making sure he recovers as well as he can so we can get him back on the football pitch as quickly as possible.”

Rodallega has now joined Latics’ defender Antolin Alcaraz [thigh] and Emmerson Boyce [back] on the longer-term injured list with Tottenham set to roll into town for the next Premier League this weekend, but there has been more encouraging news about Steve Gohouri, who has been out recently having picked up a troublesome calf injury.

“Steve Gohouri trained on Monday so that’s better news for us,” added Martinez.

“He’s not far away from being available for selection again.”