Wigan Cup hero Watson out for season
Wigan Athletic have announced their FA Cup final goalscoring hero Ben Watson has suffered a double leg fracture that will rule him out for the rest of this season.
The 28-year-old, who headed the winning goal against Manchester City in last season's final at Wembley, was in hospital on Tuesday after the Latics' Championship game against Barnsley amid concerns of a second broken leg in 15 months.
The midfielder was carried off Wigan's DW Stadium pitch on a stretcher and needed oxygen following a first-half challenge with Martin Woods.
Immediately following Wigan's 2-0 win, Latics manager Uwe Rosler said he was uncertain as to the full extent of Watson's injury.
Watson, who has scored in each of the Latics' last two cup ties, will now miss the quarter-final, a rematch of the final with Manchester City next month.
Wigan have confirmed Watson has broken both his tibula and fibula in the same leg he broke playing against Liverpool in November 2012.
Despite that, Wigan insisted the injury was not career-threatening,
"Ben will receive the best possible treatment and we will do everything to help him make a speedy recovery," Rosler told Wigan's website on Wednesday.
"He is a terrific professional, a fighter, and I am sure he will return from this latest setback like he did a year ago when he went on to experience the high of scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup final at Wembley, and write himself into the heart of every Wigan Athletic supporter.
"To lose a player and a person of Ben's quality is a big blow to us but we will re-group and move on as a squad and keep trying to achieve our goals for the season, with the added incentive now of doing it for Ben."