Caldwell’s anxious wait on Jacobs

Michael Jacobs is carried from the field at Crewe on Saturday
Michael Jacobs is carried from the field at Crewe on Saturday

GARY Caldwell looks set to be a busy man in the final week of the transfer window as he waits to hear the extent of the calf injury picked up by Michael Jacobs at Crewe.

Jacobs was stretchered off after half an hour of the 1-1 draw at the Alexandra Stadium, with Wigan Athletic forced to settle for a point after taking an early lead through Reece Wabara.

Caldwell is keeping his fingers crossed the eight-goal playmaker has avoided serious injury.

But a negative diagnosis may force him to be more active than he was already planning as the January sales come to an end.

Caldwell says he and his recruitment team are ‘working hard every day’ to try and bring in new blood to strengthen ‘certain areas of the team’.

Chesterfield midfielder Sam Morsy is believed to be at the top of his wanted list.

And the 24-year-old could well be an imminent arrival at the DW, after publicly saying his goodbyes in the corporate areas on Saturday following the Spireites’ 2-1 defeat to Millwall, having opened the scoring.

However, Latics will have to move fast, with a number of Championship and League One clubs also in the hunt.

“We need to improve in certain areas of the team,” recognised Caldwell.

“And we’re working hard every day to try and do that.”

Caldwell is desperately hoping he won’t need to find a replacement for the influential Jacobs, who looked to be in great discomfort as he was helped off at Crewe.

“We think it’s his calf - something he felt go,” revealed the Wigan manager.

“He’s pretty sore at the moment, but we’ll assess the damage on Monday.

“We missed him when he went off because he gives us energy. Haris (Vuckic) brings something different, but Michael’s energy is infectious and gets other people going.”

Full-back Reece James has also been in the wars after picking up an ankle injury in training that forced him to miss Saturday’s game.

Fortunately, the damage is minimal and he should be fit for Saturday’s visit of Port Vale.