Coyle confirms midfielder out for ‘several months’
Owen Coyle has revealed that Shaun Maloney is set to undergo hip surgery and will be missing for ‘several months.’
Maloney last featured for Latics in the 2-0 defeat to Leicester City in September, following international duty with Scotland where it is believed the 30-year-old aggravated the existing injury.
Explaining the situation, Coyle said:
“When my team and I this summer Shaun had already suffered from an existing hip injury, but had chosen to play through those problems as we all thought they would be manageable over the course of the season.”
“However, when he was on international duty with Scotland he picked up a back injury which stemmed from the previous hip problem and when he returned it was clear he wasn’t himself on the pitch.
“I can’t give an exact timescale on how long he’ll be out for until the surgeon takes a proper look at it, but it certainly will be several months.
“It’s a blow to lose such a top player, but we still have tremendous quality in our ranks and players who are motivated towards doing well for Wigan Athletic.”