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Kirkland admits injury worry

19 Oct 2009 16:01:28

Kirkland admits injury worry

Chris Kirkland is anxious to discover the extent of the finger injury he suffered against Manchester City. The Wigan goalkeeper picked up the problem during a collision with Emmanuel Adebayor in the second half of Sunday's 1-1 draw. He was in obvious pain as he received treatment from the Latics physio and is now waiting on the results of an X-ray to see if he faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. "I'll need to go to hospital to see what's happened, but it doesn't look very pleasant," Kirkland told the Wigan Evening Post. "I wouldn't like to say what it might be, but something needs to be done because I can't even bend my finger. "I came out for a cross and Adebayor caught me with his arm. It knocked me off balance and the ball's just hit me right on the finger. 'Clunk'"I got the 'clunk' out of it, but then took my glove off and saw it was still bent out of all shape. I knew I hadn't done it right, which is when I called the physio over, and I said to him: 'We've got a bit of a problem'. "I'm hoping it's just a bad sprain, but it can't stay like this because I won't be able to play with it how it is. It's just not normal." Apart from the injury to Kirkland it was a satisfying day for Wigan as they produced an impressive performance against high-flying City. The visitors were reduced to ten men when Pablo Zabaleta was sent off and Wigan may have taken advantage had it not been for the heroics of Kirkland's opposite number Shay Given. "If we continue playing like this, the results will come - I've no doubts over that," said manager Roberto Martinez. "There are many areas we still need to work on, but overall we stopped a very good Manchester City from being themselves and we imposed ourselves well. "I think they have Shay Given to thank for the result staying as it did, which speaks volumes about the way we played."


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