Wigan striker plays on with broken leg

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Jason Roberts last night revealed that he helped Wigan win promotion to the Premiership with a broken leg.

Jason Roberts last night revealed that he helped Wigan win promotion to the Premiership with a broken leg.

The 27-year-old Grenada striker fractured his fibia in the 10th minute of Sunday's victory over Reading. But that did not stop him scoring one and setting up another before hobbling off in the 63rd minute as Wigan won 3-1 to complete the journey from non-League obscurity to the top flight.

Roberts, who last night picked up the club's player-of-the-year award on crutches, said: "I fractured my fibia early in the game and it's going to take six weeks to recover. I'm going to go home to Grenada and relax. But I'm confident I'll be fit for the start of the season."

Paul Jewell, the Wigan manager, was expected to sign a new contract yesterday, but admitted that talks had been put on hold.

However, the former Bradford and Sheffield Wednesday boss expects to put pen to paper on an improved three-year deal during a club trip to Barbados next week.

Jewell said: "I'm not in a rush. I'm sure the contract will take care of itself."

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