Ivan Ramis will miss the rest of Wigan Athletic’s season after scans confirmed the defender damaged his anterior cruciate ligament at Fulham on Saturday.
Ramis, a summer signing from Mallorca, was stretchered off in the 90th minute of the 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage amid fears he had suffered a serious injury.
Manager Roberto Martinez admitted the loss of the Spanish defender would hit Wigan hard, but insisted it could have been worse.
“Nothing can disguise the fact this is a massive blow because Ivan is a key member of the group,” he told the club’s website.
“But we are relieved that the injury is not a severe as we feared it could have been.
“The most important thing now is to think of Ivan’s welfare, get the operation completed, and for him to begin his rehabilitation.
“Ivan is a very strong and positive character and he is determined to return to fitness as soon as he can.
“He will receive the best possible medical rehabilitation as the club ensures to have him return as an even stronger footballer.”
Ramis is expected to return at the start of next season, and Martinez admitted he may be forced into the transfer market this January to replace him.
The Latics have already captured Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henriquez during this transfer window, and speaking before the extent of Ramis’ injury was known, Martinez said he was looking for one more signing.
“We’ve brought two new faces in and we’re trying to get one more,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.
“The results of the scan on Ivan Ramis’s knee may change things.”
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