VICTOR Moses insists he’ll be back ‘stronger than ever’ after undergoing successful shoulder surgery yesterday.
The England U21 winger suffered a dislocated shoulder during the first half of last week’s Carling Cup defeat at Arsenal, with early fears he could be out for as long as three months.
Moses, though, is determined to beat that initial prognosis, and return in time to make a real difference in the second half of the season.
He told the Observer: “Obviously the shoulder is sore, but I’ve had the operation now and I just want to get back playing as quickly as possible.
“People are saying three months but I don’t think I’ll be out that long if I work hard – at least I hope not.
“This season’s been such a frustrating season for me – right from the start – with injuries and stuff.
“But that’s football, and things like this are going to happen.
“I just want to play football and I could have done without another injury coming along.
“All I’m thinking about is getting back to full fitness and getting back out on the pitch.”
The injury could not have come at a worse time for both Moses and Latics, who are in the midst of an injury crisis that has cut down James McCarthy, Gary Caldwell, Emmerson Boyce and Franco di Santo.
It was particularly frustrating for Moses (right), who was producing his best run of form since joining from Crystal Palace last January, and made all the more galling by the innocuous nature of the incident.
“The pitch was slippy because of the snow, but there was nothing in the challenge,” he admitted. “I just fell awkwardly, I didn’t pull my hand back quickly enough, and the shoulder dislocated.
“Everyone thought there was nothing in it and carried on playing, but I knew straightaway I had done something serious.
“It’s definitely the worst injury I’ve ever had – I was actually crying at the time it was that painful!
“But I’m lucky in a way that it wasn’t my leg that’s broken, and it’s just my shoulder.
“That way I’ll be able to keep working in the gym and on the bike and keeping my fitness up while the shoulder heals.
“And I’m determined to come back stronger than ever.”
Manager Roberto Martinez must be wondering when his side’s luck is going to change on the injury front, but shares Moses’ positivity in looking at the situation.
“The operation went really, really well,” Martinez said.
“The surgeon was very pleased with everything, and from today we can start to count down the days to getting Victor back on the field.
“It will be anything up to three months, but Victor is a quick healer so we are very hopeful he could be back much sooner.
“With any operation, there is always a fear that there will be a complication or they will find something you didn’t expect.
“But it’s been completely the opposite, and we are all hoping he’ll be back before that three-month estimate.”