Player News - Crystal Palace

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Mamadou Sakho should return to training this week after missing the defeat at Everton due to injury.

The £27 million centre-back was expected to make his first Premier League start in over two months on Saturday, but there was no sign of him on the Palace team sheet. Having recently recovered from injury, Sakho was well-placed to deputise for the hamstrung Martin Kelly who had limped off against Newcastle six days earlier. But a training ground setback meant that another recent returner – Joel Ward – was handed his chance for the first time since December 02, 2017. Following the 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park, Hodgson admitted he was "disappointed" to lose Sakho although a subsequent scan revealed no damage and he should be back with the group from Wednesday. "He trained through to Thursday, getting through the training sessions until then," revealed the Eagles boss. "But after that, he flagged up to the medical staff that he had felt something with his calf."
Feb 12 - 6:21 AM

Crystal Palace couldn't manage much at Goodison Park in a 3-1 loss at the hands of Everton on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles held tight in a scoreless first half but the second half quickly got away from them as Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson scored just 45 seconds into the half. Minutes later, Crystal Palace conceded a second and the visitors found themselves truly up against it. But down 3-0 in the 82nd minute, the referee signaled for a penalty after an Ashley Williams handball, sending Luka Milivojevic to the spot for his club-leading sixth Premier League goal of the season. But it wasn't enough as Palace's winless streak extended to four matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 10 - 12:19 PM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that winger Wilfried Zaha is set to miss the next month.

Despite playing the entire game in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday, Zaha came away with a knee injury that, according to reports, threatened his season. But Hodgson put those claims to rest, saying Zaha will miss the weekend match with Everton and will likely be held out against Manchester United and Spurs as well. "It's amazing Wilf was able to play so much of the game with the injury. He's a very quick healer and we'll be working to get him back as soon as possible. He won't play versus Everton though. If he recovered in a week or two it would be a fantastic effort, but it's more realistic we'd have to wait a month for him. It's not certain. He'll be pushing the medical staff to come back as soon as possible."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 8 - 3:12 PM

Crystal Palace could be left with just one senior goalkeeper until April following the news that Julian Speroni is set for an extended period on the sidelines.

The veteran stopper suffered a knee injury in training on the eve of the Newcastle game and subsequent tests reveal that he could be out for around 8 weeks. "He twisted his knee in five-a-side. We didn’t think it was going to be that problematic, but overnight it’s swollen." His late withdrawal left Roy Hodgson with just Wayne Hennessey while 20-year-old Dion Henry provided back-up on the Eagles bench. News of the Speroni injury follows quickly on the heels of Wilfried Zaha, who suffered a similar fate, although an initial prognosis suggests a return within 6 weeks. Palace travel to Everton on Saturday and the Eagles could be without up-to nine first-team players for a game they can ill-afford top lose. Sitting just three-points above the drop zone, Hodgson’s men face Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea in the three following matches.
Source: The Sun
Feb 8 - 5:06 AM

If Crystal Palace manage to retain their top-flight status, then Roy Hodgson will have done it the hard way.

Their season has been blighted by injury and the bad luck shows no sign of abating. Having already lost Scott Dann [ACL knee], Bakary Sako [ankle] and Jason Puncheon [PCL knee] for the remainder of the campaign, the Eagles are also sweating on the fitness of Ruben Loftus-Cheek who returned to Chelsea for treatment on an ankle injury which could potentially end his loan agreement. In addition, Palace now face the prospect of losing star man Wilfried Zaha after the winger sustained a first half knee injury during the 1-1 draw with Newcastle. Despite completing 90 minutes, Zaha had a scan on Monday and will meet with a specialist to help determine the extent of the problem amid growing fears that he will be sidelined for a significant period. New signing Alexander Sørloth could come into the side, although it would mean a slight change in formation with Hodgson opting for two up top.
Source: The Guardian
Feb 6 - 3:55 PM

Injury problems continue to mount after Martin Kelly became the latest member of the Crystal Palace treatment room.

Roy Hodgson revealed the defender "felt a twinge" in his hamstring following a foul as he stretched for the ball in time added on in the first half. "It’s very annoying because we’ve worked hard to avoid muscle injuries. He was moving away from a player who was pulling him back," mused the 70-year-old. "We won’t know until tomorrow how damaging that hamstring pull is. They can be very damaging, or we might be lucky because he came off straight away and as it wasn’t a violent movement. It might be that he is not going to be out for as long as he might have been." Fortunately, the Eagles have a readymade replacement in Mamadou Sakho, himself just back after nearly two months out. Hodgson also confirmed that Julian Speroni will have a scan on Monday after suffering a knee injury in training.
Feb 4 - 4:12 PM

Crystal Palace came from behind to draw 1-1 with Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

The first half saw both sides get a number of opportunities but ultimately Newcastle were better value for their 1-0 lead than the Eagles ever would have been. Mo Diamé put the finishing touch on a Kenedy cross from a corner which made its way through a web of players in the Palace box. Palace's best chances fell to Zaha and Benteke, though Kenedy and Perez had two quickfire chances which Hennessey proved equal to. Palace started the second half brightly and found the net through Milivojevic's penalty. That penalty came courtesy of jersey-pulling by Ciaran Clark on Benteke in the box. Karl Darlow came close to saving it but he only managed to touch it beyond him. Palace dominated after but couldn't score, with Clark heroically blocking twice to keep the scores level. Newcastle are in trouble, but Palace are 3 clear of the drop zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 4 - 11:26 AM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that midfielder Bakary Sako will not return this season.

The Mali international left the club's draw with West Ham this week under his own power, but scans soon revealed that he suffered major ligament damage in his fractured ankle. Sako had been a valuable member of the squad in recent weeks with three Premier League goals on the season. But now, Hodgson said Sako may not even make it back for the start of next season: "He certainly won’t play again this season, and he will do well to be fit for the start of next season – so it is a very, very serious injury. Coming as late as it did – the night before the transfer window was due to close the following day – didn’t really give us that much opportunity to change any plans because we were counting on him."
Feb 2 - 11:15 PM

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has returned to Chelsea for treatment in the hope of avoiding surgery.

The England international, who is at risk of missing the remainder of the campaign, is currently on a season-long loan at Crystal Palace. Having been sidelined since suffering an ankle ligament injury in December, the Eagles had been treating the injury conservatively. However, if he fails to respond, then Loftus-Cheek will need to go under the knife to remedy the problem which in turn is likely to end his hopes of featuring at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. "Chelsea insist on having him back there on this period of rehabilitation," Roy Hodgson said. "The agreement was that he would spend two to three weeks without having any surgical intervention, in the hope that the problem he has will be resolved naturally. So, there’s another 10-14 days to go before I can tell you anything at all. I haven’t seen him literally for 10 days."
Source: The Guardian
Jan 31 - 6:40 AM

Crystal Palace picked up a valuable point at West Ham on Tuesday, but the draw came at a cost with Bakary Sako limping off in the first half.

The in-form Eagles attacker was on the receiving end of a crunching Pablo Zabaleta tackle which left Sako in a heap on 41 minutes. "We won’t know how bad it is until tomorrow," revealed Roy Hodgson post-match. "But, my medical staff and sports scientists are very good and have an unerring knack at being right with their initial prognosis, and they aren’t very optimistic – they don’t think it’s very good at all." The injury leaves Palace a little lightweight in up front - Christian Benteke remains as the only experienced striker currently available with long-term absentee Connor Wickham seemingly no closer to a return. However, according to reports on Wednesday, Alexander Sørloth of FC Midtyjlland could arrive at Selhurst Park on deadline day to help bolster the Eagles attacking option.
Jan 31 - 5:12 AM

Crystal Palace has received a major defensive boost with the return of Joel Ward and Mamadou Sakho this week.

The French internationals are fit after a series of injuries, with Sakho missing since early December when he sustained a torn calf muscle. With Scott Dann also out, the return of Ward, who has been out since Gameweek 16, and Sakho will further stabilize a thin defense that has fared tired of late since holding Manchester City to a scoreless draw. Said Roy Hodgson: "We found ourselves in a poor situation a week or two ago but Mamadou Sakho and Joel Ward have both recovered which is a big boost for us. Yohan Cabaye, who I thought was going to be out for a long period after his ankle injury at Arsenal, has also recovered so our injury list is confined to those that everyone knows about where we have players who will not be back for any time in the near future."
Jan 30 - 12:12 PM

Roy Hodgson has been handed an unexpected injury boost following the news that Yohan Cabaye could return on Tuesday evening.

The Eagles boss initially ruled the Frenchman out for between 4-6 weeks after he was stretchered off at The Emirates on January 20. However, subsequent tests revealed the damage wasn’t as bad as initially thought, and Cabaye has responded well to treatment over the past 10 days. Palace will also include long-term absentee - Mamadou Sakho – in the squad taking on West Ham following his recovery from a serious calf injury. The defender has missed almost two months, but Hodgson may be keen to throw Sakho straight back in, after shipping four against Arsenal. Joel Ward is better placed for minutes after he was restricted to a place on the bench in game week twenty-four. Connor Wickham [ACL], Jeffrey Schlupp [MCL] and Ruben Loftus-Cheek remain in the Palace treatment room.
Jan 30 - 5:33 AM

Crystal Palace officially announced its second signing of the week in Zaglebie Lubin defender Jaroslaw Jach.

The 23-year-old joins from the Polish side in a three-and-a-half year deal. Jach appeared in 20 matches for the Polish side and even received his first callup into the national team heading into this summer's World Cup. The central defender will challenge James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho for a first team spot. Said Jach: "This is a dream come true," stated the 23-year-old. "The Premier League was the league I have followed since I was little and I always wanted to come and play here. I am very pleased and I hope that I will be able to help Crystal Palace to stay in Premier League, and perhaps achieve bigger successes."
Jan 24 - 12:57 PM

Crystal Palace announced its first signing of the winter window in a loan move for Benfica midfielder Erdal Rakip.

The 21-year-old joins the club through the end of the season on loan from the Portuguese giants after his move from Malmo earlier this month. Rakip, a central midfielder in the Swedish U21 setup, previously made 120 appearances for Malmo's senior side, including 16 Champions League appearances. Palace is hoping to quickly add to its ranks with another deal in place to sign Lubin defender Jaroslaw Jach. Said Rakip: "It will be an honour playing for Roy. He is a legend in Malmö and everyone know who he is. Crystal Palace is a fantastic club with a lot of history that plays entertaining football, and was the best option for my development and my career at this stage."
Jan 22 - 3:37 PM

Yohan Cabaye is expected to be ruled out for at least a month after suffering an ankle ligament injury during Saturdays loss at The Emirates.

The French midfielder was carried off on a stretcher and replaced by Jairo Riedewald ending a dismal afternoon for the Eagles who were well beaten by a rampant Arsenal side. "We've lost two to cruciate ligament injuries [Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon], one to a medial knee ligament [Jeffrey Schlupp], Ruben Loftus-Cheek to an ankle ligament [and] probably lost Yohan Cabaye to an ankle ligament," mused Roy Hodgson post-match. Cabaye, who could miss between four and six weeks, is the latest in a line of unfortunate injury setbacks which threatens to derail Palace’s hopes of survival. "We only just got Joel Ward back, we've still got Mamadou Sakho trying to recover from a major calf injury. That's an awful lot of players with good quality for any team in the lower half of the league to deal with." Hodgson will look to bolster his squad during the January window.
Jan 22 - 7:42 AM


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