McManaman ruled out of Euros
Callum McManaman will miss the European Under-21 Championships this summer after Wigan boss Roberto Martinez confirmed the forward is likely to be out for three months with an ankle injury.
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McManaman was the star of the Latics' FA Cup triumph last Saturday and was rewarded for his excellent form over the last few months of the season with a first call-up to Stuart Pearce's England squad for the tournament in Israel next month.
But the 22-year-old damaged ankle ligaments in Tuesday's 4-1 defeat by Arsenal, which condemned the Latics to relegation, and, although he will not need an operation, he is now in a race against time to be fit for the start of next season.
Martinez said: "It's good news because we expected the worst but good news means he's going to be out for the best part of three months, but he doesn't need surgery and that's really positive.
"But probably that puts him out of the under-21s, which is a real shame because he really deserved to finish the season with that experience.
"Callum is disappointed but it's such a joy to see him playing his football. It's a joy for everyone. For me he's been one of the sparks of the season, and not just at Wigan.
"He's a real diamond of English football. He's got no reason to feel down at all."
Speculation remains rife over the future of Martinez and several of his players, with McManaman and midfielder James McCarthy having been linked with Premier League clubs.
Martinez, who is one of the favourites to succeed David Moyes at Everton, insists he will not think about his future until meeting chairman Dave Whelan on Monday but, whether he stays or not, he has urged McManaman not to leave the DW Stadium.
The Wigan boss said: "If one player needs to stay at the club and become an important part of this football club, it's Callum.
"He's been a phenomenal player for us but he's someone who, at 22, needs to work on certain aspects to become the player he can be.
"He will be a top, top player, and probably the next 10 months are vital for him to be perfect in the programme that he has to fulfil.
"Probably, the Championship, for him to play week in, week out and have an important role, it will be the perfect challenge for him."