Perkins escapes serious injury

David Perkins
David Perkins

DAVID Perkins has been passed fit for Wigan Athletic’s League One visit of Chesterfield this weekend.

The 33-year-old had to be helped off in midweek after sustaining a gash just below his ankle against Sheffield United.

In Perkins’ absence, Latics let slip a match-winning lead to only draw 3-3.

But boss Gary Caldwell has dispelled any fears he may be sidelined for any length of time after receiving a favourable medical report.

“He’ll be fine for the weekend,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

“It’s a puncture wound that has required three stitches, just below his ankle.

“It’s something I’ve had myself before, during a Scotland game.

“And while it’s a little bit painful and it can rub, if you get it strapped up and have an injection, you don’t feel it.

“It hurts a lot on Saturday night, but it’s worth it if you have three points in the bag.”

Perkins would run the risk of the wound re-opening during the game.

But his manager believes it is a risk worth the taking with Latics desperate to get back to winning ways.

“It obviously could re-open, but we’re lucky that Perks is an old school player who will play with anything,” Caldwell added.

“He didn’t want to come off on Tuesday, but we felt he was starting to limp, which affected his running, which then risks damaging something else like his calf.

“On the advice of the medical team we took him off but, even with bloody pumping out of the wound, he wanted to go back on with strapping, so it shows how much he wants to be out there.”