Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that midfielder Ben Watson’s shin fracture is not as bad as first feared.
The Spaniard has confirmed, following the results of a scan, the injury will not require surgery and the 27-year-old could be back training as early as the new year.
And according to his manager, the Englishman will be missed in the squad after just starting to put his stamp on the team.
“It’s not as bad as it could have been, that’s for certain,” Martinez told the club’s website.
“It’s still a very serious injury and we need to ensure that Ben is given all the time that he needs to make a full recovery.
“The good news is that he won’t be out for as long as we initially thought and with the character that Ben has, he will be able to deal with such an injury.”
Watson – who has ten appearances for Wigan this season – was stretchered off 32 minutes into Saturday’s defeat to Liverpool after a challenge with Raheem Sterling left him in agony.
And the 17-year-old Liverpool winger has also expressed his sympathy for the Wigan player following the collision.
He tweeted: “To Ben Watson I didn’t realise it was serious as that. I’ll be praying for a speedy recovery mate. I’ll have you in my prayers every day.”