Kirkland playing through pain

30 October 2009 05:59
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Chris Kirkland has admitted he is still struggling with the dislocated finger he suffered against Manchester City.

The Wigan goalkeeper picked up the problem during a collision with Emmanuel Adebayor and was in obvious anguish as he received treatment.

He played through the pain barrier in the 3-1 victory over Burnley and looks set to keep his place for Saturday's clash with Portsmouth.

The injury is getting better but Kirkland concedes it has been impossible to take a normal part in training.

He said: "My hand is getting better but it is still a little sore. I had a pin put in to keep things in place.

"Then against Manchester City the ball hit my fingers and bent the pin into the joint. It meant I could not bend my finger.

"At Burnley it was numbed slightly, so I was able to play. I cannot do the same training routine at the moment so I am working on other areas."

Kirkland's opposite number at Fratton Park will be David James and he is fully aware of the veteran shot-stopper's abilities after training with him on England duty.

"To be still playing at 39 is a great achievement," Kirkland told Wigan's official website.

"He looks after himself and is a tremendous athlete. From training alongside him, I know how good David is."

Source: SKY_Sports

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