Player News - Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace have kept defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka in south London during the international break due to injury.

Wan-Bissaka has started every single Premier League game but one this season, which he missed due to suspension, but will miss international duty with the England U21 side due to a shoulder problem. The 20-year-old has been one of the hottest fantasy picks of the season due to his low price in FPL.com (£4.1) and reliability as a starter. His first start saw him earn praise from across the league, including some transfer interest. Said manager Roy Hodgson: "As far as we're concerned of course we have him as our player, he's under contract with us and we have no desire or intention of selling him so it's certainly not anything which occupies my waking moments or sleeping moments either for that matter,"
Nov 13 - 10:13 PM

Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha will miss Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea due to injury.

The talismanic Crystal Palace attacker was a surprise omission from the matchday squad on Saturday after he failed to recover from an unreported hamstring strain which he suffered during the defeat at Stamford Bridge six days earlier. Roy Hodgson decided against disclosure during Thursday’s press conference, as Zaha was still hopeful of playing. "Nothing special to report at the moment," he said. "We haven't recovered any of the injured players, but haven't lost any [new ones] either." However, Zaha missed the Tottenham clash with most speculating that a late training ground injury was the cause for his absence, although Hodgson confirmed later that his involvement was always in the balance. "He picked up a hamstring injury against Chelsea and it was always extremely unlikely he would recover in time, basically it is trying to get him fit for Manchester United [in game week 13]."
Nov 13 - 5:19 PM

Crystal Palace has now lost their last 13 matches without Wilfred Zaha after suffering a 1-0 loss to Tottenham at Selhurst Park.

With Zaha unavailable due to a hamstring injury, Roy Hodgson went with Jordon Ayew and Andros Townsend up front. Crystal Palace saw little of the ball but did have their chances. James Tomkins, who later went off injured, should have scored in the second half but headed narrowly wide following a corner. The Eagles pushed for an equalizer after conceding in the 66th minute, but Hugo Lloris did well to deny Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend and substitute Alexander Sorloth from inside the area in stoppage time. Now winless in their last seven matches, Palace drops to 16th on eight points.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 10 - 3:27 PM

Crystal Palace will have all hands on deck when they head across London to face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Zaha missed the club's League Cup match with Middlesbrough this week after suffering a shoulder injury in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal over the weekend. The Eagles will need Zaha healthy if they hope to survive the current four-match gauntlet they find themselves in: Arsenal (last week), Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester United. Said manager Roy Hodgson on the team's injury update: "Three players who suffered minor knocks on Saturday weren’t able to travel to Middlesbrough with us. They were James McArthur, Cheikhou Kouyate and Wilfried Zaha. They’ve recovered which I thought they would. Christian Benteke is making good progress, continuing his programme of rehabilitation and Joel Ward is too."
Nov 2 - 3:55 PM

Wilfried Zaha is no stranger to the Palace treatment room having already racked up three visits in the past eight weeks. However, his latest setback is not the cause for concern.

The 25-year-old has been managing an ongoing groin problem in recent months, but Roy Hodgson confirmed Zaha was rested in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday at Middlesbrough after picking up a knock during the 2-2 draw with Arsenal. "He took a bang on the shoulder at the weekend which will be fine by the Chelsea game. It would have been difficult to play him [at the Riverside] with that knock anyway, but I spoke to him yesterday and he said he was fine." The Eagles’ problems are well-documented without Zaha. Last season Palace failed to win any of their nine games without their talismanic winger – losing every one and scoring just once – and the trend continued in September against Southampton [GW4]. So, it comes as no surprise that Hodgson is keen to protect his prize asset ahead of Sundays trip to Stamford Bridge.
Nov 1 - 7:38 AM

Luka Milivojevic scored a penalty in each half to balance Arsenal's two goals.

Having Luka Milivojevic in your line-up is never a bad thing. Palace have speed to burn and earn penalties with some regularity. Milivojevic is very good at converting them. He got two against Arsenal and, in the process, broke Unai Emery's winning streak.
Source: Espn.com
Oct 28 - 11:39 AM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that Connor Wickham is almost back to full fitness after a knee injury.

Last week against Everton, Wickham made his first Premier League appearance since November of 2016, when he sustained an ACL injury that kept him sidelined with setbacks and operations for nearly two years. But with Christian Benteke out injured, Wickham's fitness comes at just the right time for Palace as they look to end a three-match slide. "Connor is doing OK. Naturally we are a little bit reticent, Hodgson said. "It’s right from his side and our side that we are careful with him. But to be honest, he’s come through every training session, so there’s no reason for me to have any fears about him."
Oct 27 - 12:52 AM

Despite a penalty miss over the weekend, Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic said he will stay on penalties.

The Crystal Palace captain could have changed the entire outlook of Sunday's 2-0 loss to Everton when he stepped to the spot after Wilfried Zaha was taken down in the 60th minute of a scoreless game. But Milivojevic sent a weak penalty that was saved by Jordan Pickford before Everton scored two late goals to take the three points. However, it's only the second penalty miss in the Serbian's last 11, who said he will continue in his role: "I step up to take responsibility to try to make something good and positive for my team and in the end you miss and after that you are punished in the last five minutes. It's hard and very painful. Just in the end I think I did a mistake in my last step before the shot and maybe that decided it, but I have confidence to take another one and score for my team."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 24 - 1:45 AM

Despite a hard-fought effort, Crystal Palace was left heartbroken in the end of a 2-0 away loss at the hands of Everton.

After a three-match unbeaten streak, Palace has not been able to carry over that momentum into October as they dive further into a three-match losing streak. Despite Wilfried Zaha overcoming an adductor injury suffered during the international break, Palace could only manage three shots on target. But their best chance came in the 60th minute after Zaha was taken down in the box by Seamus Coleman. Luka Milivojevic, who is usually a sure-footed penalty taker, sent a lazy effort right down the middle that was saved by the outstretched legs of Jordan Pickford. Palace were left to regret their one chance when the Toffees scored two goals in the final five minutes of the match to steal the three points from a solid effort on the visitors' part.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 21 - 1:09 PM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that Wilfried Zaha will have one more day to prove his fitness.

The winger, who hasn't scored since Gameweek 5, withdrew from international duty with Ivory Coast last week after sustaining an adductor strain. However, with Crystal Palace playing on Sunday against Everton, Zaha is expected to train on Saturday in the hopes that he could be available in Gameweek 9. Said Hodgson. "It's a strain that players get on a regular basis, some recover quicker than others and we're fortunate he is a quicker than normal 'recoverer' but it will depend on the extent on the injury whether one week is a possibility in terms of recovery. It's good news that he's close enough to be assessed, to see if he is fit enough to play."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 19 - 11:20 PM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that Christian Benteke will likely miss the next two months due to knee surgery.

The Belgian international's disappointing spell as Crystal Palace's most expensive signing ever only continued after having arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday. Benteke missed the last four games with a a knee issue that never recovered despite the rest, leaving surgery as his only option. Hodgson said he doesn't expect the forward back until after the New Year, leaving Jordan Ayew and Alexander Sorloth to pick up the slack: "We tried the conservative route to put an end to his knee problem, which he has suffered with for a while. That didn't work out. There was always the risk that if it didn't work out an operation would be necessary and I got the bad news that the operation was necessary, had taken place and now he will be out for a long period of time...there's no doubt we won't be seeing much of him this year. I think it will take until into 2019 before we see him, but hopefully earlier than later in 2019."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 13 - 6:58 PM

Scott Dann is closing in on a return to action following his first run out of 2018 on Thursday night.

The Crystal Palace centre-back ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament on New Year’s Eve last year and has spent the last 10 months working his way back to full fitness. Dann played 45-minutes in a friendly against sixth tier side Dulwich Hamlet. "I really enjoyed it, it's been a long time coming," he said after the 5-0 win. "It is nice to be back out there. That has been the plan all along, get myself to the stage where I am ready to play games and then build up the minutes gradually." Dann is expected to feature in a few more behind-closed-doors games before progressing onto the under-23s. "I am guessing in the next few weeks I will get three or four games under my belt and then by November, December I will be ready to get back out there." Connor Wickham also played having been side-lined for almost two years with a similar problem.
Oct 13 - 11:47 AM

Crystal Palace confirm Christian Benteke has undergone "minor arthroscopic explorative surgery" to remedy a knee complaint as the problem had not been responding to conservative management.

The Belgium international has been side-lined since September following tests by the national team doctor which ruled Benteke out of the friendly with Scotland and the Nations League fixture versus Iceland. At the time, Benteke was managing a niggling problem, but had started all four Premier League games, although he only completed 90 minutes on one occasion. Benteke was hoping non-invasive treatment would correct the issue, but despite day-to-day monitoring, his knee has not responded as hoped and a decision was taken to go under the knife. "The surgeon was happy with the outcome and we expect Christian to return to training very soon," read a statement on the club’s website. "A further update will be given in a few weeks' time." Palace had a decent start to the campaign, however, they have faltered in recent weeks, particularly at Selhurst Park, where they are yet to score from four attempts.
Source: talkSPORT
Oct 10 - 3:55 PM

Mamadou Sakho's 87th minute penalty cost Palace a road point as the resulting penalty saw them lose 2-1 late.

Crystal Palace should have felt lucky to be in the game late as the Cherries were the better team for much of the match. Palace used a Wilfried Zaha pass to an offside Patrick van Aanholt to pull even despite being outplayed. Sakho's penalty for an elbow to the face of Jerrferson Lerma undid the improbable comeback.
Source: Espn.com
Oct 1 - 5:04 PM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that there are no lingering problems with Wilfried Zaha's fitness.

The star forward fought through a back spasm last week and played 90 minutes after being pulled from the warmup of a 0-0 draw with Newcastle. But Zaha has been given the all clear after a week of training. However, both Christian Benteke and Jairo Riedewald will not be available to face Bournemouth on Monday due to injury: "We picked up an injury against West Bromwich Albion with Jairo Riedewald but luckily we don't think it is as bad as we first feared when he had to come off so early in the game. He has had a scan and we are hoping he will be back in training towards the end of next week...Christian Benteke, we are monitoring on a day to day basis, he is improving but as yet he is still having treatment so he is out of the question as yet but other than that we have a clean bill of health."
Sep 29 - 3:37 AM



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