Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler has said Honduras international Roger Espinoza wants to leave the Championship club.
Espinoza, 27, joined the North West outfit on a free transfer from MLS side Sporting Kansas City in January 2013 but, according to Rosler, he is “homesick”.
Rosler said: “Roger came twice to me and wanted to leave the club. He wanted to go back to Kansas.
“I think after he came back after the World Cup he struggled to find an appetite for football.
“He came back and wanted to go back to Kansas, he was homesick.
“His family is in the States, it was very difficult. I have never dealt with a player who has been at a World Cup, and I think for Roger it was a new experience.
“He was clearly off the pace and that was understandable in many ways – physically and also mentally – because when you work yourself up for four years to be at that mega tournament, nothing is bigger than this.”
Espinoza has scored twice in 47 appearances for the Latics, and was instrumental in the side’s 2013 FA Cup victory against Manchester City.
Despite making his intentions clear to Rosler, he could still feature in Wigan’s home game with Millwall on Tuesday night.
Wigan are winless in seven games but they are favourites at 1.93 to beat the Lions who have the same recent record.