Wigan Athletic and Scotland defender Gary Caldwell has been forced to retire through injury, according to Herald Scotland.
The 32-year-old has been suffering from a hip problem and hasn’t featured for the Championship strugglers at all this season.
The former Scotland captain told Herald Scotland: “That’s the end for me. I have been struggling for years and even training was becoming really painful.
“I had the second operation on my left hip just under two years ago, and while it helped a little bit I was never the same again.
“I played four games and that was it.
“The first time I got the operation it was a success and it had a good effect.
“But the surgeon was honest with me when I went in the second time in the summer of 2013 and said that he wasn’t sure if it was going to help me.
“Of course you want to play, but I also wanted to get into coaching and I have the chance now rather than wondering, ‘What am I going to do now?”
Caldwell is expected to take up a coaching role at in Wigan Athletic’s youth academy. He made over 100 appearances for the Latics and also had loan spells at Derby County and Coventry City as well as a stint north of the border with Glasgow giants Celtic.
He last played in the Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Queens Park Rangers last May and also won 55 caps for Scotland.
Caldwell leaves a Wigan Athletic side who are languishing in 23rd position in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Latics looks on course for relegation to Sky Bet League One as they are currently nine points away adrift from safety in the division.
Malky Mackay’s side face an extremely tough fixture against in-form Norwich City on Wednesday evening at Carrow Road, in a game that could ultimately make or break Wigan’s survival hopes.