Wigan keeper Kirkland ruled out for three weeks after training accident

25 January 2010 07:05
Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has been ruled out for up to three weeks after damaging a collarbone in training.   [LNB]The 28-year-old sustained the injury in an accidental collision last week and after a consultation with a specialist in Manchester over the weekend he has been ordered to rest.   [LNB]Kirkland has been troubled by a back problem for several months now but this new injury is a blow to him and the team.   [LNB] Crocked: Kirkland has been told he has to rest[LNB]This is a completely new injury, I must stress that, it could have happened to anyone,' said manager Roberto Martinez.   [LNB]'I'm disappointed to lose him but the diagnosis is much better than it could have been and Chris should be back in full training within a fortnight hopefully.   [LNB]'It's important that we get him back in contention as soon as possible, but we have to be certain the injury is healed before risking him.'[LNB]CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE MIDWEEK TEAM NEWS IN THE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUERichard Evans, Wigan's head of sports science, said fortunately there was no break, which meant Kirkland's lay-off would not be too long.   [LNB]'The consultant was happy with the alignment of the bone, there is certainly no fracture,' he said. 'He has assured us it will heal completely given a rest period. It could have been a lot worse.'[LNB]In Kirkland's absence Serbia international Vladimir Stojkovic, signed on loan from Sporting Lisbon earlier this month, is likely to deputise having made his debut in the 2-2 FA Cup fourth-round draw at Notts County at the weekend.  [LNB] West Ham, Wigan and Stoke on alert as Lens striker Maoulida hints at moveNotts County 2 Wigan 2: Sven gets his reward for toil in rain, sleet and snowFA Cup fifth round draw: Southampton to host Portsmouth in plum tieJANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW 2010: All moves at every Premier League clubWIGAN ATHLETIC FC

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