Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Antolin Alcaraz will be ruled out for almost two months after rupturing a thigh muscle. The Wigan defender sustained the injury in their 0-0 draw away to Swansea on Saturday, with Alcaraz being forced to be subbed off during the first half.
The game at the Liberty Stadium was the Paraguayan’s first appearance of the season since returning from the Copa America. Alcaraz was a doubt for that game but due to other injuries in the Wigan defence, he was forced into action.The decision to play the 29-year-old has backfired on Wigan as Alcaraz will now face 6 to 7 weeks on the side-lines.
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.”