Kirkland hailed by Latics boss

22 October 2009 12:29
Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has praised goalkeeper Chris Kirkland for seeing out the full 90 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Manchester City despite suffering a dislocated finger. The 28-year-old remains a doubt for this weekend's clash with Burnley, but has won high praise from Martinez for his efforts against the Citizens. The Spaniard stated: "He didn't do any damage by carrying on because he is experienced enough now that he knows his body, but it was a good sign that he was able to continue. "That kind of character is what gives you a lot of points at the end of the season. "We've got that throughout the squad, but it was a great example for everybody else. "To see Chris react in that way, it tells you a lot about him at this stage of his career and what a big asset he is for us. "At this stage we're still assessing Chris and hopefully he'll be able to join us, but we'll wait for the medical advice on that."

Source: ESA