Haris Vuckic had to be helped from the pitch during Wigan’s match at Port Vale last weekend.

The Newcastle loan striker appeared to have picked up a bad ankle injury and left the stadium wearing a protective boot.

Wigan boss Gary Caldwell is keeping his fingers crossed that the injury isn’t as bad as first feared but he has pointed to a possible contributing factor to the Vuckic injury, as well as others his side have picked up early in the season.

The Lancashire club have been without Francisco Junior & Sean Murray and Caldwell believes there could be a common theme.

All three injured players are loan signings and the Wigan Manager (and ex-NUFC centre-back) thinks that Haris Vuckic might not have had the same level of pre-season at Newcastle United, as those who were at Wigan throughout the summer.

Haris Vuckic of course was sidelined by Steve McClaren this summer and didn’t even make the trip to America for the pre-season tour.

Instead the Slovenian striker was sent with the kids to play a number of young Dutch sides.

Gary Caldwell speaking to the Wigan Evening Post:

“We’re hoping it’s not as bad as we first feared, obviously it’s a heavy impact and we thought he’d also rolled his ankle.

“That might not be the case and hopefully he will be back soon.”

“Whenever these things happen, we analyse it as much as we can and investigate the reasons why, so we can do something about it.

“We feel the pre-season we gave our players and the training they are now doing has given them a base behind them to handle the intensity.

“The boys that have come in, we’re unsure of what they’ve done.

“The intensity and the nature of the physical work we’ve done has caught a few of them out.

“It’s something we have to be wary of with loan players, definitely.”