Achilles scare for Herd on Wigan debut

Socceroo Chris Herd got through unscathed despite another Achilles injury scare on his Wigan Athletic debut overnight.

The injury-cursed Herd was replaced on the hour-mark as Wigan lost 3-1 to leaders Bournemouth in England’s Championship on Saturday.

The appearance was Herd’s first since being withdrawn from the Asian Cup after Australia’s second game due to an Achilles injury three weeks ago.

Wigan boss Malky Mackay revealed after the game that the 25-year-old had felt pain in his Achilles and was substituted as a result.

“Chris was doing well and he just felt his Achilles near the end there and I didn’t want to take that risk so we had to take him off,” Mackay said.

Herd, on loan at Wigan from Aston Villa for the rest of the season, earned his Latics debut with regular right-back James Perch (hamstring) out injured.

Mackay was impressed with the Perth-born utility who has had a wretched run with injury.

“Chris looks an absolute warrior at right-back there,” Mackay told BBC.

“He hadn’t played a lot of football in the last couple of months, but he did really well and he’s a good one for us going forward.

“I’m delighted he’s here.”

Wigan are battling relegation in the Championship, having won just once in their past 16 matches in all competitions.

The Latics are next in action in the league on Wednesday away to mid-table Nottingham Forest.