Player News - Crystal Palace

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Wilfried Zaha scored a superb first-half strike on his return to action as Crystal Palace sealed their second victory of the campaign against Huddersfield Town.

Zaha, who missed the club's 2-0 home loss to Southampton due to a groin injury, was fit enough to start and ultimately proved the difference at the John Smith's Stadium. The Ivorian international was a man on a mission in the 38th minutes when he cut in from the left and smashed home into the far corner to break the deadlock. Huddersfield delivered 23 crosses into the Palace box during the match, but the home side lacked the cutting edge. Their best chance was denied by the woodwork when Aaron Mooy turned and volleyed against the post in the second half. Victory for Palace means they move up to 11th in the table while the Terriers remain winless after five matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 12:55 PM

Crystal Palace will be hoping for a massive boost this weekend with star attacker Wilfried Zaha back in training.

The Ivorian international missed the club's 2-0 home loss to Southampton due to a groin injury and sat out the international break to recover. But on Thursday, Zaha trained for the first time since the injury and will be assessed prior to the Huddersfield match this weekend. The club has lost all 10 games without Zaha, dating back to last season. Said manager Roy Hodgson: "It was debatable whether he should train or not, but he was anxious to try, and the same applied to James Tomkins, so it was really good to see them back out with us again. But we will have to wait until tomorrow to see how they react to tomorrow's training session and see if they are going to be available, because both [players], if we listen to our medical department, are coming back early, if not as early as should have been expected."
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 13 - 8:20 PM

Christian Benteke has been withdrawn from the Belgium squad following reports that the Palace striker needs to rest a niggling knee injury.

Benteke, 27, is yet to score in 2018/19 and his goals tally since joining the Eagles – just three in 36 Premier League matches – has been the focus of much debate. In a recent interview on Sky Sports, manager Roy Hodgson was keen to defend his misfiring forward: "It's difficult for Benteke and it's difficult for me and the team because we want to see him scoring goals," he said. "He's certainly trying his best but somehow it won't fall for him. Psychologically these things do matter and do have an effect on players. The sooner he gets off the mark the better it will be for everybody." National team boss Roberto Martinez confirmed on Wednesday that Benteke would leave the squad and Flemish newspaper HBVL believes the problem may keep him out for the remainder of September.
Sep 6 - 5:07 AM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson could not give a timetable for James Tomkins's return from a calf injury.

The defender has missed the last two matches due to a calf injury suffered in the warmup to the club's Gameweek 3 loss to Watford. With the club's next match not coming for two weeks, the hope is that Tomkins will be fit to face Huddersfield Town after the international break, but even that is uncertain. Said Hodgson: "I don’t know. It was a calf strain. He hasn’t trained with me since it happened so I don’t know what timescale there will be. He is still receiving treatment this week, and whether he will be able to join in with us next week ahead of the Huddersfield game, I wouldn't be able to tell you. I am hopeful, but I don't know."
Sep 3 - 4:01 PM

Crystal Palace's offensive struggles continued in a 2-0 loss at home to Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

The Welsh international enters the international break in good form, but the same cannot be said about his club. The loss to Saints marked the Eagles' third straight loss and second game without a goal this season after a season-opening win against Fulham looked to end the club's early-season struggles. But Hennessey came up huge with five saves—including two spectacular second-half efforts to keep the lead within one—while also recording a penalty save after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was called for a handball in the box. In team news, Wilfried Zaha was left out of the team with a minor adductor injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 1 - 12:23 PM

There was a lot of talk pre-match about potential injury absences, but the main focus was regarding defender James Tomkins and not Wilfried Zaha, although the wingers name did crop up during Friday’s press conference.

Tomkins pulled up during the warm-up at Watford last weekend with a calf problem and Roy Hodgson refused to give any indication on whether the centre-back would be fit to face Southampton. "I am not here to announce my team. I have to do that one and a half hours before the game," he said. "I don’t normally come to a press conference to tell you, the general public and our opposition, what our team line up is." As it happens, Tomkins did miss out, but so too did Zaha, who was also withdrawn from the Ivory Coast squad due to ‘personal reasons’. Speaking before the game, Hodgson revealed that Zaha had picked up an "adductor muscle strain" in training yesterday. Despite failing a late fitness test, the problem is not thought to be serious.
Sep 1 - 10:58 AM

Roy Hodgson confirms Scott Dann is making "excellent progress" from a long-term knee injury but the Palace defender is still at least a month away from a return.

Dann, 31, has been side-lined since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament on New Year’s Eve in 2017 against Manchester City, a game which also saw team-mate Jason Puncheon stretchered off. But while the midfielder re-joined the group in pre-season, Dann continued with his rehab throughout the summer. Despite travelling on the club’s tour of Sweden, he trained separately although there is light at the end of tunnel. "Scott is making excellent progress, but it was a serious injury and he is not due to be back before the end of September, the start of October," said the Eagles boss. "If he was to come back earlier, which is a possibility because I know the sports science people are happy, that would be a bonus." Palace are well-stocked in the heart of defence, and following a solid start to the campaign, there is no need to take any unnecessary risks.
Sep 1 - 6:59 AM

Crystal Palace were forced into a late change at Vicarage Road on Sunday after James Tomkins pulled up with a calf problem.

Roy Hodgson had already brought Joel Ward in following the dismissal of Wan-Bissaka [vs Liverpool] for bringing down Mo Salah when clear through on goal. He was chosen ahead of Martin Kelly, but the former Liverpool defender didn't need to wait too long for his chance after Tomkins injured himself in the warm-up. "He felt his calf – he said he’d felt a slight tightness in training, but he didn’t think it was important. He thought he could play, but when we went to warm-up today, he realised it was probably a bit more serious than he imagined. Now we have to have a scan and wait and see what the result of that is." Palace entertain Southampton ahead of the international break and Hodgson will err on the side of caution, in the build-up to game week four, rather than risk losing Tomkins for a significant period. Wan-Bissaka is back in contention after serving a one-match ban.
Aug 27 - 4:13 PM

Wilfried Zaha became Crystal Palace's all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League with his 24th goal for the club on Sunday, but Roy Hodgson's side still came up short in a 2-1 defeat at Watford.

Already without the suspended Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Roy Hodgson was dealt another blow in warm-ups when James Tomkins limped off and had to be replaced by Martin Kelly. Palace did have chances to take the lead early, but Ben Foster was in inspired form, denying both Christian Benteke and James McArthur. After a goalless but exciting first-half, Watford would take the lead when Roberto Pereyra curled a low shot into the bottom corner. Jose Holebas doubled the advantage when his attempted cross fooled Wayne Hennessey and drifted into the top corner. Wilfried Zaha pulled one back on 78 minutes with his second goal of the season, slipping past his mark to fire through Foster's legs, but the Eagles were unable to complete the comeback.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 26 - 3:12 PM

Crystal Palace couldn’t build upon the momentum of a season-opening win in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool on Monday night.

After a 2-0 triumph over Fulham last week, Roy Hodgson’s side was squeezed by Liverpool’s relentless press and devastating counter attack from the start, averaging only 36 percent possession while taking only two shots on target. But the Eagles defense held tight until the end of the first half when former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho fouled Mohamed Salah in the penalty area, which led to a James Milner penalty. Matters only worsened when FPL favorite Aaron Wan-Bissaka saw red when he took down Salah on a breakaway in the 75th minute. The young fullback, who is the third most popular defender in the FPL.com game at £4.1, will miss the club’s next match.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 5:19 PM

Wilfried Zaha has moved beyond the transfer rumors and has signed a new long-term contract with Crystal Palace.

The winger was linked with a move to Chelsea and Spurs, among other clubs this summer, but instead opted to stay at Crystal Palace by signing his second bumper contract in as many years, with this one keeping him at Selhurst Park through the summer of 2023. Zaha has scored 44 goals for Crystal Palace and his goal over the weekend against Fulham puts him one away from breaking the club record for Premier League goals. Said Zaha: "I’m very pleased. Obviously, I just wanted to get it over and done with, so I can just focus on the season. I’m buzzing that we managed to get it sorted."
Aug 15 - 1:06 PM

Crystal Palace fans will be relieved not to have repeated last season’s start following a 2-0 win against Fulham.

Last season, the Eagles almost went the first two months of the season without a win and a goal, leading to the arrival of Roy Hodgson. But Hodgson whipped his side into shape, continuing their form from the end of last season. It was Jeff Schlupp who knocked in Palace’s first goal after teaming up with Patrick van Aanholt on the left wing in the 41st minute. And amid more transfer rumours, Wilfried Zaha put the game away in the 79th minute after taking a pass from Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The young right-back will surely be a hot fantasy pick in the next week after an assist and clean sheet, while being priced at £4.0 in the FPL.com format.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 11 - 11:57 AM

Crystal Palace announced a surprise move for West Ham Cheikhou Kouyate in a £9.5 million transfer.

The move for the 28-year-old Senegalese international is expected to kick off a series of moves this week as the Eagles await international clearance on a free transfer for former Schalke midfielder Max Meyer. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace has also reportedly scheduled a medical for Swansea City forward Jordan Ayew with Jairo Riedewald possibly going the other way. Said Kouyate after four years in East London: "This is the right time to move because I needed a new challenge. I have good memories of West Ham but I need to come here and give my best because I like the Crystal Palace project. I spoke to the manager and I know he'll be a good manager. I also spoke to Pape Souare yesterday and he told me I had to come and now I'm here and I'm very happy."
Aug 2 - 4:27 AM

Everton have stolen a march in the race to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha if reports in the British press are to be believed.

Tottenham have been heavily linked with the 25-year-old in recent times while Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund have also joined the race for his signature. Although Roy Hodgson will be keen to hold onto his prize asset, new Everton boss Marco Silva is expected to sell Yannick Bolasie and Ademola Lookman to help raise funds and test Crystal Palace’s resolve with a bid in the region of £70m. News broke last weekend that Zaha had rejected a new and improved deal, said to be worth around £125k per week, alerting sides across Europe. Despite a disappointing stint at Manchester United back in 2013, Zaha is determined to prove himself at a ‘big club’ and feels his future lies away from Selhurst Park. Zaha was instrumental in helping Palace beat the drop. In the 9-games he missed during 2017/18, the Eagles failed to secure a single point while averaging just 0.3 goals per game.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 10 - 4:56 AM

Crystal Palace officially announced the club has brought back goalkeeper Julian Speroni for another season.

The 39-year-old goalkeeper will continue his 13-year stay at the club where he has made more than 400 appearances with another one-year contract to serve as a backup to Wayne Hennessey. It remains to be seen whether Roy Hodgson will make a move for another keeper this offseason, all eyes on relegated Stoke City keeper Jack Butland, but Palace know that they have plenty of Premier League experience to boot. Said Speroni: "I’ve been here so long at Crystal Palace that it’s my home, so I’m really pleased. It’s an honour and a pleasure for me to play in front of our fans, the love and support they’ve shown me over all these years has been magnificent and I just can’t thank them enough."
Jul 9 - 10:21 PM


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