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Connor Wickham | Forward | #21

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/31/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 198

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Connor Wickham is said to be closing in on a return to action following a series of setbacks in his recovery from a serious knee injury.
The Crystal Palace striker has been sidelined since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament back in November 2016, and despite several false dawns, Roy Hodgson is confident Wickham will be back this season. "Connor did break down in training and that was because of his enthusiasm and his desire to push on," the Eagles boss revealed. "He's always fighting, or was always fighting, the medical people that he can do more, [that] he should be at a different level and should be playing already. They told him to be careful, and of course what happened was he did push on and he did stretch their patience - they let him loose a little bit and he pulled his calf." But, now he’s back out on the training pitches, his knee is fine, and it’s envisaged that Wickham will feature for the U23s before being considered for the first-team which will hopefully be in April. Feb 26 - 9:12 AM

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Crystal Palace may have to look for a forward in the winter transfer window with Connor Wickham still months from a return.

The forward has missed the last year after he suffered a significant injury to his knee ligaments last November. While he was originally in line to return by the end of the year, a series of setbacks has pushed his return back by months, with still no timetable set. Said Wickham: "Generally my rehab is going well. There have been a couple of hiccups along the way although it was quite an injury as I had ruptured a couple of ligaments and suffered cartilage damage so it's not been easy.I am sure it has made me a lot stronger while feeling every single emotion you can while being out injured but it is coming to an end now, and hopefully I will be able to be in a position to start playing again in a couple of months."
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 12:20:00 AM

Crystal Palace confirmed forward Connor Wickham will need surgery to repair a torn ACL sustained this weekend.

The former Sunderland prodigy was taken off on a stretcher in the second half of a hectic 5-4 loss to Swansea City on Saturday with an apparent knee injury and the club's worst fears have been confirmed, with Wickham facing the standard six to nine months out: "Connor Wickham’s injury sustained at the match against Swansea City on Saturday has seen him undergo an MRI scan and it is confirmed he received an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury to his right knee. He will now undergo surgery and his return to action will be confirmed once rehabilitation starts following surgery."
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 12:02:00 PM

Connor Wickham is facing the prospect that his season could be over after he was stretchered off on Saturday.

The Crystal Palace forward appeared to twist his knee, suggesting there could be ligament damage, as he went to challenge Gylfi Sigurdsson. Wickham was stretchered off with his right knee fixed and he was seen leaving the Liberty Stadium on crutches. Speaking after the game Alan Pardew said: "It's been a tough day for us because Connor Wickham looks like he's got a serious injury," while the seven minutes he spent getting treatment proved costly as Swansea completed a remarkable turnaround to score twice in injury time to edge a 9-goal thriller. Palace started with two up front for the first time this season [4-4-2] but the injury is likely to see a shift back to a 4-2-3-1 with Benteke leading the line and Andros Townsend being recalled to the side.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 05:37:00 AM

The struggle at Crystal Palace is very real as the Eagles lost their fifth straight Premier League match despite a valiant effort.

The heat may be on manager Alan Pardew as the Eagles are just one point out of the relegation zone and could be sitting in 17th place by the end of the night depending on the West Ham result. Palace couldn't muster up much to challenge Manchester City, but the club looked set for a point following second-half substitute Connor Wickham's equalizer in the 66th minute to cancel out Yaya Toure's goal. The former Sunderland star controlled a pass from Wilfried Zaha at the top of the box and finished past Claudio Bravo for the goal. But Palace conceded another to Toure with less than 10 minutes left. By the time Palace lines up again next weekend, it will have been two months since a Premier League victory.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 12:16:00 PM

Crystal Palace looked to be headed for a reversal of fortune after Connor Wickham came on as a substitute in the second half, but despite erasing a two-goal deficit, the Eagles lost in the closing stages to Burnley, 3-2.

Palace had a couple of good looks in the first half, but shots from Christian Benteke and Wifried Zaha were saved superbly by the in-form Tom Heaton. They put themselves in trouble by giving up two early goals though and with the score 2-0 to Burnley at halftime, the forecast looked bleak for Alan Pardew's side. The manager helped spark a turnaround though, moving his attacking players around to start the second half. Once Wickham was introduced, it gave Palace that extra punch and the forward was able to pull one back for Palace on the hour mark. They would them complete the comeback twenty minutes later, when a handball by Matt Lowton allowed Christian Benteke to score from the spot. The Eagles would probably have been happy to draw but would capitulate in the dying moments of the match, as the questionable defense, who still have yet to register a clean sheet in league play this season, let them down again.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 01:12:00 PM

Alan Pardew gave his latest team news update ahead of the club's weekend match with Leicester City and ruled Connor Wickham out until next month.

The club won't find it easy to break its 12-match Premier League winless streak this weekend against the league leaders without its most in-form player. Wickham scored two goals in consecutive games before leaving with a thigh injury that kept him out of the club's loss to Liverpool and FA Cup win against Reading. In his absence, Emmanuel Adebayor has started while Frazier Campbell picked up a late goal as a second-half substitute to seal the win against Reading. Pardew also revealed that Mile Jedinak will face a fitness test due to a back problem.
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 02:47:00 PM

Jason Puncheon will return to the Palace squad who face Reading in the FA Cup on Friday. However, Connor Wickham (thigh) and Marouane Chamakh (groin) will both miss out.

Puncheon has spent the last five weeks nursing a hamstring problem but following his return to full training this week Alan Pardew confirmed the winger is back in contention: "He hasn't missed a lot of football. He has done a lot of work on the training ground, because the type of injury he had kept his fitness pretty good." The Eagles boss also revealed Chamakh picked up an adductor injury playing the U21s on Monday while fellow centre-forward Connor Wickham is struggling to shake off the thigh injury he sustained when scoring twice at the Stadium of Light 10 days ago.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 09:02:00 AM

Crystal Palace's Connor Wickham is a minor doubt to face Liverpool after picking up a knock against former club Sunderland in Tuesday's midweek match.

The forward is in his best form in a Palace jersey after scoring two goals in each of the last two matches against West Brom and Sunderland to account for four of his five Premier League goals this season. Said manager Alan Pardew about Wickham's chances to line up against Liverpool: "Connor has done terrifically [lately], unfortunately he's got a knock and he's going to have to have a scan today. He picked it up in the game [at Sunderland]. We weren't sure if it was just a little bang or if it might be a bit more serious than that, so we're going to have to check him out today, so he's probably touch and go for Sunday."
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 07:26:00 AM

Crystal Palace came within minutes of securing its first win in 11 Premier League matches before Fabio Borini's late goal secured a 2-2 draw against Sunderland.

Connor Wickham was at it again, showing why Palace splurged on the forward in the summer, as the former Sunderland man scored two goals for the second consecutive match. The Eagles found themselves off to a dubious start after going into the half down 1-0. But Wickham, who started up top instead of Emmanuel Adebayor, took over at the hour mark after connecting with Yannick Bolasie, who made his first start since returning from a hip injury. Just six minutes later, Wickham gave the visitors the lead without his second against his former side. But with just stoppage time remaining, Palace conceded an equalizer to extend its winless streak in the league to 11.
Source: NBC Sports
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 05:06:00 PM

Connor Wickham scored twice as Crystal Palace tried valiantly to overcome a three goal deficit at the Hawthorns but fell just short.

The Eagles will feel aggrieved to lose after two Connor Wickham goals - the first gifted by Jonas Olsson and the other an exceptional effort - and two strong penalty claims almost saw them come all the way back from 3-0 down after 32 minutes. Wickham took advantage of Jonas Olsson's failure to head a ball back to Ben Foster and split the two players, flicked around Foster and slotted home from a tight angle just after halftime. The second goal was of higher quality and the two goals represent Wickham's only two goals from open play so far this season. Palace also had significant penalty claims from Scott Dann on a corner kick and Yannick Bolasie. The referee awarded neither and Tony Pulis got one over on his former club who haven't won in their past ten Premier League matches.
Sat, Feb 27, 2016 02:49:00 PM

Much like it has all season long, Crystal Palace will be without Connor Wickham for the next two league matches; however, this time it is for a reason other than a niggling injury.

The forward has been handed a three-match retroactive ban for violent conduct after the FA reviewed an incident regarding Jan Vertonghen in Week 22 in which Wickham elbowed the Spurs defender in the head. The post-match report said the referee did not see the incident, leading the FA to conduct its own review prior to charging and suspending the player. Wickham served the first of the three-game ban against Stoke City in the FA Cup on Saturday and will miss the club's two Premier League matches this week against Bournemouth and Swansea City.
Sat, Jan 30, 2016 06:46:00 PM

The decimated Crystal Palace is slowing returning to full health as Connor Wickham has been passed fit to face Aston Villa on Tuesday.

The forward was supposed to miss most of January after suffering a calf injury on Boxing Day. But assistant coach Keith Millen said Wickham has made a quick recovery more than two weeks ahead of schedule: "He'll be in the squad," Millen added. "He's going to train today and we'll assess [him]. Medically he's fine, he's over his injury which is great news, [but] he's obviously not had enough training days or match time yet." But the same can't be said for Dwight Gayle as the forward returns from a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury. Frazier Campbell is the likely starter up top while Bakary Sako could also return to the starting XI.
Mon, Jan 11, 2016 12:41:00 PM

The Crystal Palace attack received a major boost today after Alan Pardew revealed he expects Bakary Sako, Dwight Gayle and Connor Wickham to all be fit to face Aston Villa in Week 21.

Said Pardew: "Gayle and Wickham should be available for Villa. Sako will be fit for Saturday. So that's great news for us." The manager expressed a desire to sign a forward in the January transfer window following a slew of injuries and the departure of forward Patrick Bamford after failing to score a goal in the last three games with Marouane Chamakh and Frazier Campbell leading the charge. But Wickham is due to return earlier than expected from a calf injury while Bakary Sako made the squad last weekend. However, Yannick Bolasie will remain sidelined for much of the month.
Thu, Jan 7, 2016 10:39:00 AM

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew confirmed a massive blow to the club's attack after revealing forward Connor Wickham and Yannick Bolasie are set to miss a month with injuries.

Wickham sustained another calf injury against Stoke City in Week 17 after scoring his first league goal for the club and missed the club's match against Bournemouth, as did Bolasie after suffering a hip injury. Palace is getting quite used to life without Wickham as the forward has missed 12 Premier League matches this season. Bolasie, meanwhile, missed his first game due to injury this season Saturday and the four-week estimate is optimistic according to most reports. Without the duo on Boxing Day, Pardew opted to start Frazier Campbell and Jordon Mutch, but hinted he could rotate the squad.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 02:02:00 AM