Wigan Athletic have confirmed that midfielder James McCarthy is facing around ten weeks out of action due to an ankle injury sustained in the 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers.
The 19-year-old had to be stretchered off after less than half an hour of the DW Stadium clash, following a challenge by Fabrice Muamba.
Initial fears were that McCarthy could be out for several months, but boss Roberto Martinez confirmed:"It is a little bit better than we thought at first, but it is obviously ligament damage in the right ankle.
"When it is swollen it is sometimes difficult to assess, but there is no fracture, we hope.
"We expect to get the results of the scan today and then hopefully it will be eight to ten weeks."
Muamba had earlier spoken of his regret at the incident which left McCarthy stricken, saying:"I thought I had a 50 per cent chance of getting the ball as it was so direct to him.
"I thought I could just nick it and push the team forward. When I came in so fast, I slightly nicked the ball and he landed awkwardly.
"I didn't go in to injure James, it wasn't planned or anything like that. I didn't want him to get injured, so I regret it but I did just go in to get the ball.
"It messed me up when he left the pitch. I didn't really know what had happened to him, so I was worried."