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McManaman ruled out for three months
May 17, 2013 10:19 AM EST
Wigan Athletic winger Callum McManaman has been ruled for three months with the ankle injury he picked up in their defeat to Arsenal.
The 22-year-old broke into the Wigan side this season and impressed in the latter stages of the Premier League, as well as their FA Cup run.
McManaman's ability on the wing has caused problems during his eight league starts for the club, but it has been his cup appearances that have really brought him to people's attentions.
His form earned him a call-up to the England Under-21 squad for the UEFA European Under-21 Championships in Israel, but he has been forced to withdraw from the squad as the injury he picked up from a Laurent Koscielny challenge at the Emirates Stadium has ruled him out for three months.
Despite the announcement, manager Roberto Martinez found reasons to be positive and hopes the winger will continue his development at the DW Stadium next season.
"It's good news because we expected the worst but good news means he's going to be out for the best part of three months, but he doesn't need surgery and that's really positive," he said.
"Callum is disappointed but it's such a joy to see him playing his football. It's a joy for everyone. For me he's been one of the sparks of the season, and not just at Wigan.
"If one player needs to stay at the club and become an important part of this football club, it's Callum.
"He's been a phenomenal player for us but he's someone who, at 22, needs to work on certain aspects to become the player he can be.
"He will be a top, top player, and probably the next 10 months are vital for him to be perfect in the programme that he has to fulfil.
"Probably, the Championship, for him to play week in, week out and have an important role, it will be the perfect challenge for him."