Cleverley and Di Santo injury news

14 December 2010 06:48
News on the grapevine is that both Franco Di Santo and Tom Cleverley are not injured as badly as first thought. Tom Cleverley was substituted at half time in the Everton game with a suspected cracked rib. The injury carries a mandetory six week spell on the sidelines. However after undergoing scans Cleverley would appear to have suffered only bad brusing and could be back within a fortnight. Speaking ahead of the scans, Latics boss Roberto Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post: “We fear Tom has cracked his rib, which would be a real problem for us all.” The bad news regarding Cleverley is that his parent club, Manchester United, are rumoured to be recalling the England under 21 international in January. Meanwhile, Franco Di Santo, has undergone scans on his ankle injury, and the initial fears were that he could face a lay off of upto three months. However Latics boss Roberto Martinez revealed that the injury may not be that serious.  “We’ve had some great news, in that the ligament isn’t damaged,” Martinez said. “Well keep an eye on him over the next week or so, but we’re hoping he is fine - which would be a massive relief. “When you look at the players we have been without in recent weeks, and the ones we’ll be without next week as well, we need big players like Franco available for selection. “Hopefully he’ll react well to treatment. If so, we’re looking at two weeks maximum, probably nearer seven days.” Given the present list of injuries and suspensions the news regarding Cleverley and Di Santo will be very welcome to Latics supporters. Hendry Thomas and Maynor Figueroa are suspended for the game on Saturday, whilst James McCarthy, Victor Moses and Emmerson Boyce are all out of the game this weekend. Gary Caldwell is set to return after recovering from his quad muscle injury. CLICK HERE FOR THE MESSAGEBOARD