Anxious wait on Jacobs

Michael Jacobs
Michael Jacobs

MICHAEL Jacobs is almost certainly out of tomorrow night’s promotion six-pointer against Burton with a knee problem.

And Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell is keeping his fingers crossed the in-form winger will not be ruled out of his plans for an extended period of time.

I don’t think he’ll be available for Tuesday, but we’re hoping it’s not as serious as we think

Gary Caldwell

Jacobs lasted only 14 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury before being helped off following a crunching challenge in the midfield.

He left the DW Stadium on crutches sporting a protective brace on the joint.

And Caldwell has already resigned himself to be without the ex-Wolves man for the visit of the Brewers.

“Michael’s taken a bang on the knee, and we’re not sure how serious it is,” revealed the Latics boss.

“It was obviously bad enough for him to come off, and it was the one negative on the day that we lose a player of his quality.

“I don’t think he’ll be available for Tuesday, but we’re hoping it’s not as serious as we think.”

Latics overcame the loss of Jacobs to tame the Shrews thanks to Alex Revell’s header - his first goal since his loan move from Cardiff - nine minutes before half-time.

Revell had Yanic Wildschut to thank for a lovely run and pinpoint cross from the left wing in another man-of-the-match display.

And team-mate Donervon Daniels admitted the on-loan Middlesbrough man is proving unstoppable at the moment.

“I play against Yanic every day in training and he doesn’t look that good - I think I know how to handle him!” Daniels laughed.

“Seriously, though, when he’s out there he’s so hard to play against.

“If you give him the time and space that so many teams do, he will destroy you. He’s a very good player for us.”

Daniels was also pleased with the clean sheet - Wigan’s third on the spin - that helped them move up to fourth in the table, four points behind leaders Coventry.

“We pride ourselves on keeping clean sheets, I said that earlier on in the season,” he added.

“As a group, as a team, as a squad, we know we can go out and keep clean sheets, and it gives us even more confidence.”

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka admitted over the weekend he has no plans to recall Wildschut from his loan spell at the DW.

The Dutchman’s fine form has led to some suggestions in the north east that Boro would look to bring him back before his loan ends in January.

But Karanks said: “I don’t think he will come back soon.

“Maybe he is doing really well at Wigan. But, as I said one month ago when he scored a very good goal for Wigan, it was no surprise to me. I know what he can do.

“It is not the same to play for Wigan in League One as it is to play for Middlesbrough in the Championship with the players we have.

“He is playing really well, but we have to speak with him and see if the best thing is for him to stay there or to take another step. I am pleased with him because he is playing and he’s impressing, but again it is not a surprise for me because I know him.”