The Portuguese midfielder is temporarily back at Finch Farm to undergo treatment on an injury that has been nagging him for much of the season but he has done enough to impress Latics boss Gary Caldwell.
Junior's current loan spell is set to expire on 26th January but if he recovers his fitness than Wigan will inquire about keeping him until the end of the season.
“He has a problem in his groin area, and he’s been sent back to Everton," Caldwell said in the Liverpool Echo. “We don’t know the full extent of it, they’ll be assessing it there.
“We’ll see how he is this week, and hopefully it’s not too bad and we can get him back soon.
“He’s definitely here until next month, and we’ll be able to assess the loan situation as soon as we get the full diagnosis. It’s definitely something we’ll be looking at extending if we can.
“I think he’s done great for us while he’s been here. He’s had a few niggling injuries that have knocked him back, but when he’s played he’s showed great quality on the ball, and he’s shown he can pop up with important goals.”
The 23-year-old has only made one senior appearance for Everton in the ill-fated League Cup defeat at Leeds United three years ago but has made 11 in League One and the FA Cup for Wigan, scoring once.
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1 Posted 21/12/2015 at 22:54:31
2 Posted 22/12/2015 at 01:50:48
Move him out, give a different young player a chance.
3 Posted 22/12/2015 at 07:49:30
Don't rule him out just yet, when he's not had a fair crack at the whip.
4 Posted 22/12/2015 at 07:56:26
5 Posted 22/12/2015 at 08:56:59
I expect much like a few other signings from around that period such as Magaye Gaye, Joao Silva, Tollis Vellios, he will more than likely end up plying his trade in the lower league's, if not, go back abroad to the Dutch or Belgian league, somewhere like that.
Good luck to the lad.
6 Posted 22/12/2015 at 08:59:00
7 Posted 22/12/2015 at 09:10:07
8 Posted 22/12/2015 at 11:21:24
9 Posted 22/12/2015 at 11:21:39
10 Posted 22/12/2015 at 13:14:53
Who remembers the Azerbaijan kid we signed? Wonder if he ever made a career for himself.
11 Posted 22/12/2015 at 15:53:53
I wrote up his TW profile a while ago and haven't bothered updating it... Let us know if you find any further news on the lad.
12 Posted 22/12/2015 at 17:14:00
Whilst with us, he never played a competitive game (I think?) but yet played for Germany U17s, U18s, U19s and U20s. I seem to remember the German FA even changing their transfer rules because we poached him.
13 Posted 22/12/2015 at 23:02:25
I also come to think of Dier cutting it at Spurs.
14 Posted 23/12/2015 at 10:06:39
15 Posted 24/12/2015 at 05:26:44
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