Painful ending for Ryo

Wigan Athletic's Ryo Miyaichi is carried from the field of play after suffering an injury at Goodison Park
Wigan Athletic's Ryo Miyaichi is carried from the field of play after suffering an injury at Goodison Park

RYO Miyaichi looks to have kicked his last ball for Wigan Athletic after picking up suspected ankle ligament damage in the FA Cup victory at Everton.

The 20-year-old winger has endured an injury-plagued spell at the DW since joining from Arsenal on a season-long loan.

His appearance at Goodison Park was his first in four months, stretching back to the Premier League game at Liverpool last November, after a niggling ankle problem.

After taking over from Callum McManaman just before half-time, Miyaichi lasted barely half an hour before a robust challenge from Everton winger Kevin Mirallas sent him flying into the advertising boards.

Miyaichi boarded the team coach on crutches with his right foot in a protective cast.

And boss Roberto Martinez fears he’s seen the last of the Japan international in a Latics shirt after just seven appearances – and only one start.

“It’s a massive blow, because you will never meet a better professional or a nicer human being than Ryo,” said Martinez.

“It doesn’t look like his time with Wigan will end on a high, and that will be a shame for everyone.”

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