Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz will be sidelined for up to two months after the Paraguay star tore a leg muscle during last weekend's Premier League clash at Swansea. Alcaraz, 29, suffered the injury in the first half of the 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium and scans have now revealed the full extent of the problem, which could keep him out until late October.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes Alcaraz's injury was partly caused because he has played too much football since his move from Club Brugge in 2010. "I think Antolin has been the victim of his own success as the amount of games he has had to play in the last two seasons is phenomenal," Martinez told Wigan's website.
"He played in the World Cup, didn't have too much rest and started a very demanding season in the Premier League before joining Paraguay again for the Copa America. He is in a situation now where having six to seven weeks away from football pitches will be a good thing - he is a real asset as everyone knows he is one of the best centre-halves in the Premier League."