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Martin Kelly signs new deal at Liverpool

Kelly commits to Liverpool as young defender signs new long-term deal at Anfield

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

16:20 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:15 GMT, 8 February 2013

Martin Kelly has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool following weeks of negotiations over a deal.

The defender, who travelled to the European Championships with Roy Hodgson's England side, expressed his delight at extending his deal.

He told the club's official website: 'When you play in the Liverpool shirt, you have to show the fans what it means. I just love playing and trying my hardest for the supporters and for my family.

Pen to paper: Martin Kelly signs his new deal at Liverpool with Ian Ayre (right)

Pen to paper: Martin Kelly signs his new deal at Liverpool with Ian Ayre (right)

Crocked: Kelly has not played for Liverpool since September, when he picked up a knee injury

Crocked: Kelly has not played for Liverpool since September, when he picked up a knee injury

'Being a Liverpool supporter myself, it's brilliant to put the shirt on and I'm doing what I have loved doing since I was a kid. I'm over the moon.

'Today shows the faith that the club have in me and that the hard work I have put in since I was young has paid off. Hopefully I'll put the injuries behind me.

'We have excellent medical staff here, who are going to work me and keep me on top of my injury. I'll be coming back even stronger.'

The 22-year-old joins team-mates Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling, who have all signed new contracts at Anfield since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers.

Kelly has made seven appearances for the club this season, but hasn't played since September, when he suffered cruciate damage during Liverpool's match against Manchester United.

Raheem Sterling commits international future to England ahead of Jamaica

Sterling eyes place in Hodgson's starting XI after committing international future to England

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UPDATED:

22:02 GMT, 25 December 2012

Raheem Sterling has pledged his international future to England and is determined to cement his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad by firing Liverpool’s push for the top four.

The Liverpool winger, who last week ended speculation about his club future by signing a five-year deal, won his first senior cap in the 4-2 defeat against Sweden last month and has represented England at every level from Under-16 onwards.

Sterling’s appearance in Stockholm, though, had not erased the possibility of him opting to pursue an international career with Jamaica – where he was born and the country where he lived until he was six – and the President of the Jamaican FA, Horace Burrell, held talks with him in October.

England man: Raheem Sterling has committed his international future to Roy Hodgson's Three Lions

England man: Raheem Sterling has committed his international future to Roy Hodgson's Three Lions

However, Sterling has revealed he will not be abandoning England, as he feels a debt of gratitude to the football system in which he has grown up. The 18-year-old can now expect to be given plenty more opportunities under Hodgson on the road to the 2014 World Cup.

'It was a dream come true (to play against Sweden),’ said Sterling. ‘As a 15-year-old I can remember sitting at home and praying to get an Under 16 call up, so to be getting a senior call-up a few years later was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

'I want to keep driving on and do a bit more. Obviously I’ve got Jamaican roots but no-one tried to put any pressure on me, which was the good thing. But I couldn’t turn my back on England because I’ve grown up through the English youth system and progressed from there.

New deal: Sterling has signed a new long term deal at Liverpool

New deal: Sterling has signed a new long term deal at Liverpool

'I couldn’t just switch over. So it was a good thing for me to be called up and make my debut. It’s 100 per cent going to be England from now on.’ This has been a whirlwind season for one with such a precocious talent and, in the space of five months, Sterling has gone from being an unheralded reserve to one of the most important players in Liverpool’s squad. His rise was reflected in the lucrative contract he signed last Friday.

Given all the talk that surrounded contract discussions, there has been a perception that Sterling is a cocky young man but that is far removed from the truth; his team-mates tell of him being humble, grounded and eager to learn. Sterling puts that down to the influence of his mother, Nadine.

Making an impact: Sterling burst onto the scene at Liverpool this season

Making an impact: Sterling burst onto the scene at Liverpool this season

'The contract was never about finance,’ said Sterling, who is expected to return to Liverpool’s starting line-up at Stoke this evening. ‘I just really wanted to get the contract sorted. When people were asking why I wasn’t signing it was at a time when we hadn’t even started negotiating

'Will I get distracted No. I’ve got a good mum who always looks after me and helps me to keep my head down so that’s good. It’s obviously good that my mum has moved up here with my brothers and sisters because it’s a good feeling to be with your family.’

It isn’t just with off the field matters that mother knows best. Sterling has only scored one goal in 26 appearances for Liverpool this year and the statistic has been noted, both in the manager’s office at Anfield and at home.

'Mum wouldn’t let my feet get off the ground,’ explained Sterling, who moved to Liverpool from QPR in February 2010. ‘She thinks she knows a lot about football. She tries to tell me what I can do better.

'Some of the things the manager is telling me she is telling me as well, like about getting into the box. She says: “You’re never in the box!” but she must have a point because the manager is saying it as well!’ I really need to kick on in the New Year and show the fans and the club what I can do.’

Sol Campbell says England caps are handed out too easily

Easy caps are costing England: Former defender Campbell says players are not earning their international call-ups

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UPDATED:

12:58 GMT, 22 December 2012

Former England defender Sol Campbell believes the country are failing at international level because too many players are being capped too young.

Campbell, who won 73 England caps, says that too many players receive an international call up before they have established themselves at club level.

Campbell completed three full seasons at Tottenham before earning his first cap in 1996.

Earning his caps: Sol Campbell played for three seasons at Spurs before getting his first England cap and says players get them too easily today

Earning his caps: Sol Campbell played for three seasons at Spurs before getting his first England cap and says players get them too easily today

Speaking on Football Focus, Campbell said: 'Some of the young players have got their England careers far too early.

'It's far too easy for players who have not done much in the game to play for their country, it all connects and that's why results aren't going so well.

'When I started, I had to play top football for 18 months before I could get a look-in.

Earning his place: Campbell trained with the England squad before he was capped in 1996

Earning his place: Campbell trained with the England squad before he was capped in 1996

'Yes, I was in with the England side earlier than that but just training with the team and then I'd go back with the Under 21s.

'Now it seems like if you've played a
few games, scored a few goals, cleared a few balls off the line and
threaded a couple of really good balls in, all of a sudden you're in the
England side.'

Wilfried Zaha

Jonjo Shelvey

Too much, too young Wilfried Zaha and Jonjo Shelvey have been capped by England this year

ENGLAND'S 2012 DEBUTANTS
Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland, age 25)Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal, 19)Martin Kelly (Liverpool, 22)Jack Butland (Birmingham, 19)Tom Cleverley (Manchester United, 23)John Ruddy (Norwich, 26)Jake Livermore (Tottenham, 23)Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea, 23)Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool, 20)Steven Caulker (Tottenham, 21)Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, 18)Leon Osman (Everton, 31)Ryan Shawcross (Stoke, 25)Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, 20)Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, 20)

Campbell was
part of the squad that reached the Euro 96 semi-finals and also played
at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups, as well as the Euros in 2000 and
2004.

And in the year Campbell made his England debut, seven other players – Robbie Fowler, Jason Wilcox, Ian Walker, Phil Neville, Ugo Ehiogu, David Beckham and Andy Hinchcliffe – also won their first caps.

This year saw debuts handed to 15 players, most of whom had little – and some no – Premier League experience.

'I still feel playing for your country is the number one,’ said Campbell, who won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Arsenal, and also scored in the 2006 Champions League final.

'When players get to England they need to be playing at the top of their game, but some have been getting in the England squad when they're not even in their club side, and that is not right.

'You're believing you're at the top because you play for England, but you're not. Then obviously the results [follow] from there.'

Raheem Sterling signs Liverpool contract as Brendan Rodgers fires warning

Players' greed may scupper new deals, warns Rodgers as Sterling pens new Liverpool contract

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 21 December 2012

Raheem Sterling finally signed a new five-year Liverpool deal on Friday after months of negotiations.

The 17-year-old England winger admitted it was a ‘relief’ that talks had reached a successful end. ‘It was so frustrating that everyone thought I was not going to sign when you know deep down that you are going to sign sooner or later,’ he said.

And boss Brendan Rodgers has warned potential signings they will talk themselves out of a move if their sole focus is money.

Signed, sealed, delivered: Raheem Sterling agreeing his new contract with Brendan Rodgers

Signed, sealed, delivered: Raheem Sterling agreeing his new contract with Brendan Rodgers

Shake on it: Sterling with Liverpool boss Rodgers

Shake on it: Sterling with Liverpool boss Rodgers

A 12million deal for Daniel
Sturridge stalled this week after it emerged Liverpool will not pay his
agents’ demands for a percentage of any sell-on fee. It comes as part of
a clampdown on the amount of fees the club are paying to middle men.

Rodgers, though, is determined to be
just as careful in terms of the money that goes to new arrivals. He
pulled out of a move for Gylfi Sigurdsson in the summer because of the
terms being demanded and will not be afraid to do the same again.

‘You have to get hungry players in who want to work and want to fight to be successful – that is the biggest thing for me,’ said Rodgers, whose side face Fulham this evening for the first time since Liverpool’s very public pursuit of Clint Dempsey.

‘They will get a good contract coming here but if they want to argue over money, and other things that go around it, I don't want them here. In my experience those players will eventually let you down anyway.

‘So, for us, it is about getting players in who are hungry to succeed and to pull on the shirt. That's the simple message for any player coming here – you can't take the money and run. You have to earn the right to play for this club and to help us succeed.’

Raheem Sterling finally put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal yesterday after months of negotiations and the England winger admitted it was a “relief” that talks had reached a successful conclusion.

‘It was so frustrating that everyone (though I was) not going to sign when you know deep down that you are going to sign sooner or later,’ said Sterling, who has missed some training sessions this week through illness. ‘So it was just really good to get it over and done with. I'm happy with that.’

Raheem Sterling signs new Liverpool contract

Sterling ends speculation by signing new long-term contract with Liverpool

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UPDATED:

14:53 GMT, 21 December 2012

England whizzkid Raheem Sterling has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

The 18-year-old winger has been in negotiations with the Anfield club for weeks over a new deal.

But, as revealed by Sportsmail this week, both parties have shaken hands on a deal for Sterling to stay with the Merseysiders for the foreseeable future.

Signed, sealed, delivered: Raheem Sterling agreeing his new contract with Brendan Rodgers

Signed, sealed, delivered: Raheem Sterling agreeing his new contract with Brendan Rodgers

'It's every 18-year-old's dream. I'm just really grateful to be at such a big club like this,' Sterling said.

'There's a lot more to be done. I haven't begun yet, as the manager has said. Hopefully I can kick on after the New Year and try to do my best for the team and the football club.'

Manager Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool provide the ideal environment in which Sterling can flourish.

There was a slight hold up to the deal being finalised as negotiations had to be thrashed out over the scale of his pay rise – from a reported 2,000-a-week to nearer 40,000.

But Rodgers insisted extended discussions were also about football as well as financial decisions.

Shake on it: Sterling with Liverpool boss Rodgers

Shake on it: Sterling with Liverpool boss Rodgers

'It was just making sure that we take
care in terms of the financial – but also the football – plan for the
player,' said the Reds boss.

'This was about a young player who
has rocketed from playing in the youth teams and the reserves into
becoming a full England international.

'A lot has happened in his young life and it was just about making sure that there was that protection for him going forward – both in his financial situation and his football plan.

'I have always been confident that this was going to be the best place for him and thankfully the kid is very focused and devoted to Liverpool.'

Jamaican-born Sterling had just 18 months left to run on his existing contract and ensuring the teenage sensation penned an extension was a top priority for the club.

And after several meetings between managing director Ian Ayre and Sterling's representatives the England international can now concentrate on establishing himself as a key member of Brendan Rodgers' plans.

A number of the Premier League's elite were lining up to take advantage of the uncertainty regarding Sterling's future next month.

Both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea have watched Sterling extensively with a view to swooping for the forward in January.

Sterling, who started his career at Queens Park Rangers, has made rapid progress for Liverpool since breaking into the first team under Kenny Dalglish last season.

And his impressive breakthrough culminated in his first England cap, as he started in the defeat against Sweden last month.

However, he is still eligible to play for his native Jamaica given he has not played for the Three Lions in a competitive fixture yet.

Ayre said: 'This is another positive step forward for the football club in securing the long-term future of one of the country's brightest young talents.

One to watch: Sterling has come to the fore this season under manager Brendan Rodgers

One to watch: Sterling has come to the fore this season under manager Brendan Rodgers

'The negotiations were very positive and both parties acted in a very responsible way to reach an outcome that benefits both Raheem and Liverpool FC.

'Since the summer, Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Jonjo Shelvey and Suso have all signed new long-term contracts and it's a clear indication of our intent to keep the players we believe are crucial to bringing success on the pitch.

'It also shows the belief the players have in the vision and leadership of Brendan Rodgers and everyone at this football club.'

Brendan Rodgers has given Stewart Downing permission to leave Anfield

Rodgers gives Downing permission to end his Anfield nightmare

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UPDATED:

15:08 GMT, 15 December 2012

Stewart Downing is ready to end his Liverpool nightmare after claiming that Brendan Rodgers has told him he can leave.

The England international will consider his options in the January window after struggling to make an impact this season.

Exit: Stewart Downing (pictured) has claimed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has given him permission to leave in January

Exit: Stewart Downing (pictured) has claimed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has given him permission to leave in January

The rise of 18-year-old Raheem Sterling limited his options at the start of the season and although he has been more involved in recent weeks by the Liverpool manager, Rodgers has favoured playing full-back Jose Enrique on the wing and Downing at left back.

'The manager has said I can leave if I want to,' Downing said in an interview in the Liverpool matchday programme ahead of today's game with his former club, Aston Villa.

'But then all of a sudden I've come back into the team, it's a strange situation.

'I've played for a long time and there are spells when you can be in and out of the side.'

Downing has suffered a poor run of form since his 20million move to Liverpool in summer 2011, and has still failed to register a single Premier League goal for the club.

He added: 'At the minute I'm trying to play as many games as possible.

'If that doesn't happen I'm at an age where I can't be sat around. I need to play and the manager understands that.

'That's how the situation is and we'll have to see what happens in January or the summer.'

Permission: Reds boss Brendan Rodgers (pictured) has been playing downing at left back in recent weeks

Permission: Reds boss Brendan Rodgers (pictured) has been playing Downing at left back in recent weeks

Roy Hodgson says England needs to stop asking what has gone wrong and instead look to the future

Hodgson urges England to forget the failures since '66 and look to the future

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UPDATED:

16:38 GMT, 15 December 2012

Roy Hodgson cannot see the point in England handicapping themselves by constantly lamenting what has gone wrong since 1966.

After a solid start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, the Three Lions visit San Marino and Montenegro next March before an autumn push towards the World Cup in Brazil.

If England do achieve their first objective, Hodgson knows references to their sole World Cup win are bound to be raised, plus the inevitable debate about why progress has been so slow since that memorable occasion.

England boss Roy Hodgson says England need to stop lamenting past failures and focus on the present and future

England boss Roy Hodgson says England need to stop worrying about what has gone wrong since 1966 and focus on the present and future of the team

But England's coach feels that assessment is counter-productive.

'One of my concerns for England has always been that we're not trying to win in the present, we're trying to win in the past and we can't do that,' Hodgson told FATV.

'I know there's 1966 and that it's 50 years and that we've failed here and there and missed penalty shoot-outs, but unfortunately there's not very much I can do now to change anything that's historical.

England manager Roy Hodgson

'You can't turn back the clock and you can't win yesterday. You can only win today and while winning today, you can only have an eye on how we can win tomorrow.'

Hodgson cannot be faulted for the number of younger players he has introduced to the Three Lions fold since he took charge in May.

Raheem Sterling and Carl Jenkinson were amongst those to make their debuts in Sweden last month, whilst others, including Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were part of his Euro 2012 squad despite their limited experience.

With the exception of Sterling, none of that quartet could be regarded as first-choice for their clubs in a league where so many of its top men are foreign.

Hodgson sees little point arguing against the mass continental influx.

Instead he feels the onus is on those young English players to prove themselves indispensable.

'Clubs will do what they have to do and I can't expect that a manager who is under pressure to get results is thinking long-term for the benefits of the English national side,' he said.

'If he thinks his interests are best served by getting a player from Montenegro, Russia or Israel, they're entitled to do that.

'Rather than complain that there are a lot of foreign players, let's turn it on its head and make certain that our players do better.

'Take Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for example, who plays some games but not others. He has got to become so good that Arsene Wenger doesn't want to look elsewhere.

'That's what I've got to hope for and that's got to be their ambition.'

Challenge: Hodgson has said that players like Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (pictured) have to 'become so good that Arsene Wenger doesn't want to look elsewhere'

Challenge: Hodgson said that players like Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (pictured) have to be 'so good that Arsene Wenger doesn't want to look elsewhere'

Tottenham"s Jan Vertonghen snubbed Arsenal after Arsene Wenger planned to play him in midfield

Spurs defender Vertonghen reveals he snubbed Arsenal after Wenger planned to play him in MIDFIELD

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UPDATED:

18:35 GMT, 13 December 2012

Jan Vertonghen turned down a move to Arsenal after hearing that Arsene Wenger wanted to deploy him in midfield, the Tottenham player has revealed.

Vertonghen joined Spurs from Ajax this summer and has gone on to become a fans' favourite after a series of excellent displays for Andre Villas-Boas' team.

The Belgian started his White Hart Lane career as a centre-back but soon moved over to left-back – the position he plays in for his country – after an injury to Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Versatile: Jan Vertonghen has been deployed at left back, although the Belgian sees himself as a centre half

Versatile: Jan Vertonghen has been deployed at left back, although the Belgian sees himself as a centre half

Gunners manager Wenger, who is under pressure after Arsenal's poor start to the campaign, was interested in signing Vertonghen, but the 25-year-old instead opted to move to the Gunners' north London rivals after it became clear that the Frenchman wanted him to play in midfield.

'(Arsenal's interest) was concrete, but they wanted me to be a controller in the midfield, an Emmanuel Petit-type,' Vertonghen told Dutch website NUsport.

'I'm not afraid of competition, but the overall picture of Spurs appealed to me more.'

Spurs manager Villas-Boas initially moved Gareth Bale to left-back following Assou-Ekotto's injury, but Vertonghen has been a more effective solution during the Cameroonian's absence.

With Assou-Ekotto now back in full training following his three-month lay-off, Vertonghen looks set to return to the heart of the defence, much to his delight.

He added: 'Ultimately, I just came to play at centre back. Gareth Bale had to play left back, but it did not work so he pushed forward and I moved to full-back.

'I see myself still as a centre-back. I'm not agile enough to play against players like Nani and (Raheem) Sterling.'

Slipping through the net: Damien Duff eludes Vertonghen

Slipping through the net: Damien Duff eludes Vertonghen

Villas-Boas, meanwhile, says any new recruits he adds in January must subscribe to his and Tottenham's attacking philosophy.

Speaking in a question and answer session on Twitter, the Portuguese, who has been linked with moves for Joao Moutinho, Fernando Llorente and Willian, said: 'The players we are trying to bring in and have here also embrace that philosophy which we want to carry into the future.

'(Being at Spurs) is great because of the philosophy of the club want to implement, what I think about football and the way we should play. I think we should have a go, play well and be open.'

Despite last weekend's defeat at Everton, Villas-Boas' team go in to Sunday's game against Swansea in fifth place, just three points behind Chelsea.

The 35-year-old, who lasted just under nine months in charge at Stamford Bridge, has been pleased by his start to life at White Hart Lane.

He said: 'I have encountered a tremendous group of people, staff & players. (It was) important to get (a) positive response, which we have had since we arrived.

'It has been an exciting five months and we hope we can keep doing well in order to repay the confidence given to us from the beginning.'

Wycombe, meanwhile, have announced that Spurs goalkeeper Jordan Archer has extended his loan spell with the npower League Two side until the end of the season.

Raheem Sterling will sign Liverpool contract and is not for sale, Brendan Rodgers warns

Don't waste your time! Rodgers warns rivals that Sterling will sign new deal

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12:52 GMT, 19 November 2012

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned potential suitors that England winger Raheem Sterling is not for sale – despite the teenager yet to sign a new long-term contract at Anfield.

Rodgers expects the 17-year-old – who last week made his international debut in the Three Lions' defeat in Sweden – to commit his future to the Merseyside club after praising his fantastic display in the 3-0 weekend win over Wigan, in which he provided two assists.

Staying put: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Raheem Sterling (R) is not for sale

Staying put: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Raheem Sterling (R) is not for sale

A host of top clubs are keeping tabs on Sterling's contract situation but Rodgers doubts there will be any issues and has told any prospective bidders they'd be wasting their time.

'The message is very simple. We are trying to move the club forward over the next couple of years and there will be a little bit of pain along the way but there are not too many teams in the Premier League who are starting with three teenagers and he is one of our outstanding players,' Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

'They would be wasting their time. Raheem is in a real good place here.

National service: Sterling made his England debut last week in the defeat to Sweden

National service: Sterling made his England debut last week in the defeat to Sweden

'He has been given an opportunity here this season and he is thriving on it and enjoying the work. He will tie down himself to a new contract because he wants to be here and he can be a great here at this football club.

'We want him to continue to grow and others. And why would you want to leave one of the biggest clubs in world football So it’s a no brainer.'

Raheem Sterling apologises to Ben Watson after collision leads to broken leg at Anfield

Sterling says sorry to Watson for breaking his leg in freak collision

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UPDATED:

18:47 GMT, 17 November 2012

Raheem Sterling has apologised to Ben Watson for the challenge which resulted in a broken leg for the Wigan man during Liverpool's 3-0 win at Anfield.

In a freak collision, 27-year-old Watson was caught just above the shin by the knee of the Reds winger as they jumped for a ball in the first half.

'To Ben Watson I didn't realise it was
serious as that ill be praying for a speedy recovery mate ill have you
in my prayers every day #sorry,' Sterling tweeted.

Treatment: Ben Watson receives attention at Anfield

Treatment: Ben Watson receives attention at Anfield

Hobbling off: Watson leaves the field, to be replaced by David Jones

Hobbling off: Watson leaves the field, to be replaced by David Jones

Watson received lengthy treatment on
the pitch before declining the use of a stretcher and hobbled off
assisted by Wigan medical staff – and he may require surgery.

Despite further attention down by the
touchline the midfielder struggled to put any weight on his right leg
and was eventually taken down the tunnel.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez confirmed the injury after the defeat – and absolved Sterling from any blame.

Apology: Raheem Sterling was quick to say sorry for the tackle that resulted in a broken leg for Ben Watson

Apology: Raheem Sterling was quick to say sorry for the tackle that resulted in a broken leg for Ben Watson

No blame: Roberto Martinez called the incident an accident on a grim day for Wigan

No blame: Roberto Martinez called the incident an accident on a grim day for Wigan

'I haven't seen the challenge back, but I don't think any of the players were looking at each other,' he said.

'Both were looking at the ball – it's a real accident. It's a nasty collision.'

'It is a broken leg and we are going to miss him,' the Spaniard continued, 'he has a fracture and we are going to assess him now because maybe he will require surgery.

'We will see what the extent of the breakage is and what treatment he needs. We are really disappointed because he was at a good level.'