Martinez joy laced with injury frustration

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

ROBERTO Martinez admits Latics are battling outside forces as well as the odds after the win at West Brom gave them a relegation lifeline.

Callum McManaman’s late goal gave Latics a 3-2 victory at the Hawthorns, which moves them to within two points of safety.

However, the weekend was soured by another key injury, with Jean Beausejour all-but ruled out for the season after damaging his hamstring.

It’s the third big setback in as many games, after Maynor Figueroa (groin) and Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) pulled up lame against Tottenham and West Ham respectively. And Martinez appealed to the footballing gods to cut his side a break as they aim to achieve their goals in both league and cup.

“Jean is the only negative of the day,” Martinez acknowledged. “He pulled his hamstring - a soft tissue problem in the left leg.

“We’ll have to assess him but he doesn’t look great. This sort of injury is normally 10 days but we’ll see if we can get some magic hands on him.

“You have to accept that injuries will occur at this point in the season with all the demands on the team, but it seems there are too many incidents happening each week now.

“To lose Jean is a real disappointment. Once again he was influential for us, producing as good a cross as you’re likely to see in the Premier League for the first goal (for Arouna Kone).

“We hope he’s going to recover before the end of the season, but it’s a frustrating feeling.”

Beausejour will definitely miss tomorrow night’s visit of Swansea, which could see Latics climb out of the bottom three with less than a fortnight of the campaign to go.

Alcaraz is also highly unlikely to feature, with Roman Golobart and Roger Espinoza competing for a starting berth and a chance to stake a claim for an FA Cup final shirt.