Scharner slams reports
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Scharner has cleared up reports suggesting he felt Wigan were resigned to relegation.
Wigan star Paul Scharner has moved to clear up reports suggesting he felt the side were resigned to relegation.
Reports on Wednesday quoted Scharner as saying his team-mates were resigned to losing their survival battle after losing their last seven games.
Scharner is angry with the reports and insists the comments attributed to him were lost in translation.
"I think if anything the team spirit and belief is stronger than it's ever been and the players have come together even more in adversity," insisted Scharner.
"To suggest there is an air of resignation in the dressing room could not be further from the truth.
"It is just not something I would do, especially as the spirit among the players is still so strong.
"I told an Austrian journalist there was a little bit of tension in the dressing room because the team had lost a few games, but that is normal when you go on a run without winning.
"It makes me very angry that something has been translated to make me say things which I haven't said.
"I am totally loyal to my club, to the manager and to all my team mates, and I would never show them such a lack of respect."
Scharner is now setting his sights on a return to action after being sidelined since December with a knee problem.
"No player likes being injured," added Scharner. "But for me this is a new experience.
"This is the first time I have had an operation and it's the longest time I've ever been injured in my career. It is horrible.
"There is nothing I would like more than to be out there fighting for the team, but unfortunately the best I can do is to cheer from the sidelines.
"I just need to focus now on getting better. I am going to see the specialist about my knee next week and I am hoping he will then give me the all-clear to step up my rehabilitation.
"I'm hoping to be running inside three or four weeks and I'm targeting the home match against Fulham on March 17th. That's the realistic target."