Coulthirst returns to Spurs

Shaquile Couthirst in action for Latics against Scunthorpe
Shaquile Couthirst in action for Latics against Scunthorpe

SHAQUILE Coulthirst has left Wigan Athletic to return to parent club Tottenham for treatment to a thigh injury.

Boss Gary Caldwell has confirmed that a the striker has returned to the Premier League outfit and says he’s unsure if he’ll return.

The 20-year-old only joined Latics 11 days ago and made substitute appearances against Doncaster and Scunthorpe.

However, he was absent for the trip to Gillingham at the weekend and Caldwell says he is now back down south receiving treatment.

“He’s had a bad tear of his thigh,” said the Latics boss. “The physios have been liaising with each other and he’s gone back there to start his rehab and see how it goes.

“Hopefully he comes back quick and we can get him back but we just have to wait and see and keep in contact with him.”

Despite the minimal playing time he’s had in his brief spell with Wigan, Coulthirst has impressed Caldwell.

His spell at the club was set to end on November 1 but Latics would welcome him back at the DW.

“It’d be great,” said Caldwell.

“I think he showed in the little burst he had he was somebody with real ability, pace and a real energy when he came on the pitch.

“I thought he really lifted the team on both occasions with his energy. It was a blow after the Scunthorpe game.

“He obviously finished the game and we didn’t think there was anything that bad so it was a blow the next day to find out how bad the tear was.”

It isn’t just Caldwell who wants the striker to return to the club.

Couthirst himself tweeted that it was a “little injury” and that he “can’t wait to be back playing” at Wigan.