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The young Liverpool winger collided with the Wigan midfielder during the 3-0 win at Anfield, his opponent falling awkwardly and requiring lengthy medical treatment

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has apologised to Wigan's Ben Watson after the midfielder broke his leg during a collision in the Reds' 3-0 win on Saturday.

The Latics man fell awkwardly as the two players came together in the 32nd minute at Anfield, with manager Roberto Martinez confirming after the match the nature of the injury.

"To Ben Watson I didn't realise it was serious as that ill be praying for a speedy recovery mate ill have you in my prayers every day #sorry," an apologetic Sterling wrote on Twitter.

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Martinez accepted that the Liverpool youngster had meant to harm in the challenge.

"I haven't seen the challenge back but I don't think any of the players were looking at each other," he told reporters.

"Both were looking at the ball, it's a real accident. It's a nasty collision."

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