McCann injury takes gloss off FA Cup win

Chris McCann
Chris McCann

A WORRYING injury to Chris McCann may well have taken some of the shine off Wigan Athletic’s Wembley return.

The Irishman was involved in a sickening collision with Micah Richards just before the halfway mark of Wigan’s 2-1 win at Manchester City.

After lengthy treatment, McCann was able to continue, but he failed to reappear for the second half.

McCann saw a specialist yesterday to ascertain the damage to his knee, but Uwe Rosler was fearing the worst.

“We are awaiting the results of the scan so we don’t know for sure,” Rosler told the Evening Post last night.

“He is obviously out of Wednesday’s game (against Sheffield Wednesday). After that, we will see.”

The potential loss of McCann, one of Wigan’s most consistent performers this term, would be a hammer-blow – particularly with Ben Watson already ruled out for the season.

“I think Chris has been one of the most-used players since I came through the door, he’s been crucial for us,” acknowledged Rosler.

“He formed part of a very stable midfield alongside Ben Watson and James McArthur.

“Obviously Ben is out long-term, and we will have to see what the outcome is regarding Chris.”

Despite the recent loan arrivals of Josh McEachran and Ryan Tunnicliffe, McCann’s absence would put a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of McArthur during a hectic end to the campaign.

“In some areas we have a lot of cover, with players coming back from injury, such as centre-half,” Rosler added.

“Up front, we also have a lot of players available, and Nick Powell and Shaun Maloney now back training with the group.

“What we don’t have is a lot of cover for centre midfield.

“We have to find solutions for the problems we have, but we have coped so far and hopefully we can do so again.”