Ireland’s James McCarthy a doubt for Wigan trip to Sunderland
WIGAN midfielder and Irish international James McCarthy is a doubt for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Sunderland.
McCarthy has suffered a groin problem and will be assessed ahead of the match at the Stadium of Light, along with striker Franco Di Santo, who missed the 3-3 draw with Blackburn last weekend after suffering a minor tear in his quad.
Fellow frontman Hugo Rodallega only featured as a substitute against Rovers having had a virus and could return to the starting line-up, while defender Antolin Alcaraz is unavailable again as he will be serving the second game of his three-match ban for spitting at Wolves' Richard Stearman during the Latics' defeat at Molineux on November 6.
Meanwhile, Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will be forced into making three changes through injury and suspension for the Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.
Midfielders Jamie O'Hara and Irish star Stephen Hunt will both serve one match bans for incurring five bookings this season while right-back Richard Stearman is ruled out with a broken wrist.
Matt Jarvis and Adlene Guedioura are the natural replacements for O'Hara and Hunt while Ronald Zubar is poised to make his first appearance for nine months after injury in place of Stearman.