Last Updated: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 03:10
Wigan are still waiting for the scan results on Ryo Miyaichi's injury but Robero Marinez will be amazed if he returns this season.
Martinez has blasted Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas for the robust tackle on Miyaichi that resulted in him being stretchered off and facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Latics boss says the player is fortunate to have escaped without breaking his ankle but he has still suffered suspected ligament damage that will keep him out for the season.
Latics may have booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final with the 3-0 win over Everton but the injury to Miyaichi certainly took the gloss off the win.
"It was a terrible challenge. We are waiting on the scan but we are not very positive on it," Martinez told the club's website. "We think it will need a long recovery period and maybe he will even need surgery.
"We need to be a little bit expecting the bad news. He is very fortunate he has not got a broken leg because of the nature of the challenge.
"We feel he ruptured the ligaments. We will have to wait and see but he doesn't seem to have an opportunity to finish the season."
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