Manager denies former Celtic player of the year Gary Caldwell has quit football

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Wigan boss Malky Mackay says Gary Caldwell has not retired from football.

Wigan manager Malky Mackay has moved to deny rumours Gary Caldwell has retired from football.

The Latics boss was speaking to the club's official website ahead of Wednesday's Championship fixture against in-form Norwich City.

Wigan Today was one of a number of outlets to report Caldwell had called it quits after struggling with a hip injury.

Mackay insists the defender, a former Celtic player of the year who made more than 100 appearances for the club, is still available to him.

He said: "He’s club captain and a very good influence to have about the place, he’s still training with us and he hasn’t made any bold statement on retiring. I think the news has been a bit misguided on that one.

"Gary’s a natural leader and he’s been essential at the training ground since I arrived here. His voice in the dressing room is very prominent."

The 32-year-old is a former Scotland captain, who missed out on playing in Wigan's FA Cup final win in 2013 through injury.

This season he has not played a single minute due to injury, yet new boss Mackay clearly views him as an important figure to have around, and his comment that he is training rather than on the treatment table is an encouraging sign. 

Wigan currently need all the help they can get. They are in the Championship relegation zone nine points from safety. 

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