Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is confident that midfielder James McCarthy will make a full recovery from surgery on a serious ankle injury.
The 19-year-old damaged ankle ligaments during last month's 1-1 home draw with Bolton Wanderers and will be out of action for several months.
However, Martinez expects the former Hamilton Academical starlet to come back stronger after his operation and rehabilitation.
He told the Evening Post:"It was done to make sure the joint remains stable, which will allow his ankle to heal properly .
"The main thing was to make sure it didn't become a chronic problem for him in the future.
"Ankles are joints that it's easy to not look after properly as you can get through matches.
"But he's such a young man that, whatever happens in the next two or three months, we need to ensure he comes back stronger and better for the good of the rest of his career."