Martinez left frustrated with McCarthy treatment

17 December 2012 08:25
Latics boss Roberto Martinez was left frustrated as James McCarthy faces up to two weeks on the sidelines following a cynical tackle from Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson. Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, Martinez said: "It was an infuriating moment and something you don't want to see. Clearly he was targeted. They got away with it. You don't want to see players injured in such a ruthless manner."

McCarthy is likely to miss Saturday's visit of Arsenal after being substituted at half-time against the Canaries. James is an outstanding footballer and he's in a great run of form. He scored two goals in the last game [against QPR].

"It was clearly a cynical challenge without the ball to be played for. The referee saw it, showed a yellow card and I don't think he can do any more than that as a referee."

With the Latics already struggling with injuries the news surrounding McCarthy could not have come at a worse time given the busy festive period.