Ben Watson, who scored the winning goal for Wigan Athletic in last season’s FA Cup final, may have played his last game for the Lancashire club.
The 28-year-old was carried off on a stretcher during the Latics 2-0 Championship win over Barnsley on Tuesday night, after colliding with Martin Woods in a 50-50 tackle. Scans have now revealed that the midfielder has suffered a double leg break, in the same leg he broke during a Premier League match against Liverpool back in November 2012.
Watson is out of contract at the end of the season, so his future is very much up in the air. However, Wigan boss Uwe Rosler has previously revealed he hopes the former Crystal Palace man signs a new deal before he becomes a free agent, and in the meantime, the player will receive the very best treatment on offer at the DW Stadium club.
“Ben will receive the best possible treatment and we will do everything to help him make a speedy recovery,” Rosler said. “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 supporter.”
During the January transfer window, Sky Sports reported that talks had begun between Watson and Wigan in regards to a new contract. However, it was also claimed that a number of clubs, including Reading and Queens Park Rangers, were keeping tabs on the situation, yet for the time his full focus will be on making a full recovery.