Di Santo cleared of ligament damage

30 September 2010 08:13
Twenty-two year old striker Franco Di Santo has been cleared of ligament damage following the injury he sustained against Birmingham City last weekend. It was first feared that Di Santo may well have suffered ligfament damage to his ankle after the horror tackle from Craig Gardner that earned the Birmingham City man a straight red card. However scans this week have shown that Di Santo has merely superficial damage to the ankle and he should be ready for first team action sooner rather than later. Latics boss Robero Martinez has rated the Argentinian as 50/50 for this weekend's clash with Wolves at the DW Stadium. Speaking to the Wigan Evening Post, Martinez said: "We have been very fortunate that there is no ligament damage at all. It’s a real boost for us and for Franco, because that was the real fear we had. “Franco was just fortunate that the leg was in the air and not planted in the ground. If that challenge had connected with Franco’s leg while he is standing, it is a broken leg – no two ways about it. “Obviously the ankle is not in a great condition at the moment. It’s swelled up and there are a few nasty cuts on there. “But when you are Franco’s age, you heal so quickly. At the moment, he is probably 50/50 for Saturday, but he’s getting closer with every day that passes.” CLICK HERE FOR THE MESSAGEBOARD