Alcaraz injury blow for Latics

Alcaraz suffered the injury during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Swansea

City and he was forced off during the first half at the Liberty

Stadium. It was the Paraguayan’s first appearance of the season

after playing in the Copa America and he was pressed into action

due to injuries elsewhere in defence. The 29-year-old now faces a

prolonged spell on the sidelines and Martinez is keeping his

fingers crossed that Alcaraz can make a speedy recovery. Careful

Martinez said: “We’re hoping he’ll only be out for six or seven

weeks, but the worst-case scenario is two months, maybe even three.

“You have to be very, very careful when it comes to soft-tissue

injuries, because if you come back too early you are risking

further damage, it is a major, major blow for us and we are going

to miss Antolin badly over the next few weeks. “On the plus side,

Antolin is a very fit boy with a very strong character, which gives

you hope he’ll be back sooner rather than later but it is a major,

major blow for us. “All we can do now is help Antolin to recover

fully and make sure he is back fit and raring to go for the

remaining two-thirds of the season.”