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.