Wigan's Ben Watson has been denied the chance to repeat his famous Cup final heroics against Manchester City again after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a double leg break.

The Latics midfielder, who scored the now-famous goal against City in the Wembley final last season, was stretchered off in the first half of his team's win over struggling Barnsley in the Championship on Tuesday after an accidental collision with Tykes midfielder Martin Woods.

X-rays have confirmed that Watson has broken both his tibia and fibula and will undergo surgery as soon as possible, with Wigan stating that the injury is not career-threatening. 

This is not the first time he has broken his leg, having done so once before against Liverpool in November 2012, although the fracture was in a different place. 

His manager Uwe Rosler, who will now miss the midfielder from his side's battle to reach the play-offs and promotion to the Premier League, said: "Until everything was confirmed, we did not want to go on the record but we have now had time to make a good assessment.

"Ben will receive the best possible treatment and we will do everything to help him make a speedy recovery.

"He is a terrific professional, a fighter, and 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 Athletic supporter.

"To lose a player and a person of Ben’s quality is a big blow to us but we will re-group and move on as a squad and keep trying to achieve our goals for the season, with the added incentive now of doing it for Ben."

Rosler, only appointed as Latics manager in December, was keen for Watson to sign a new contract with the club who are one point off the play-off positions.

At the weekend, Watson's spectacular free-kick, his fifth in 33 appearances this season, helped Wigan beat Premier League side Cardiff and reach the sixth round of the FA Cup to set up a replay of last season's final.

Now, fans will be hoping that their side can overcome Manchester City without their team's key midfielder.

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