Player News - Crystal Palace

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Time may be running out on Christian Benteke's starting role atop Crystal Palace's formation as manager Roy Hodgson grows impatient.

The Crystal Palace manager suggested that his patience is running thin as the club's record signing has yet to score a Premier League goal this season. Given Bakary Sako's recent run of form, Hodgson indicated that Benteke may not have a starting spot for long during the festive period: "If the goals aren't coming he needs to be making certain he's making a good contribution to the team's play, both in terms of our attacking and our defensive play. We certainly can't afford to carry anybody, let alone carry a goalscorer that isn't scoring goals."
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 14 - 11:46 PM

Crystal Palace completed a late late turnaround to beat Watford 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

The game couldn't have started any better for the Hornets, who grabbed an early lead through full-back Daryl Janmaat assisted by fantasy football darling Richarlison. That was the Brazilian's eighth goal contribution in an away game in the PL this term. Watford looked to be heading towards three points up until the 87th minute when Tom Cleverley was sent off. Just a couple of minutes later Bakary Sako bundled in and then James MacArthur slid in to convert a cross by Zaha to complete the comeback.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 12 - 5:16 PM

Crystal Palace suffered a major blow on Saturday with the loss of Mamadou Sakho, who suffered a torn calf muscle.

The summer signing from Liverpool left the club's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in the 24th minute after pulling up with the injury and will miss weeks with manager Roy Hodgson refusing to put a timeframe on an injury that will take some time to recover from right as Palace enter the festive period. Said Hodgson: "He'll be out a long time, how long a time ?, I don't know, they won't put a time on it, but it's a serious muscle tear in his calf so I don't know, but it's weeks not days, I couldn't say if it was months. We'll miss him, in this period he's played a decisive role, been captain, shown his qualities and when you lose a player like that you can't be anything other than disappointed and sad."
Dec 11 - 6:28 PM

Crystal Palace head into a hectic fixture period without the services of Mamadou Sakho who is expected to be sidelined for weeks rather days.

The Eagles centre-back lasted less than half an hour on Saturday as Christian Benteke failed to convert a last-minute penalty allowing Swansea, winners over West Brom, to leapfrog them. Despite improved performances of late, Roy Hodgson’s men sit bottom of the Premier League table, and with five matches between now and December 31st, the loss of the influential defender will be the cause of great concern. "I would guess [that it's a serious one]," Hodgson said after the game. "Calf strains or pulls are normally a question of weeks rather than days. He'll be assessed tomorrow. I couldn't possibly give you a timescale." His absence should at least afford Scott Dann an opportunity to return to the starting line-up following his goal on Saturday. The 30-year-old has been struggling for form recently, but having recovered from injury and illness, Dann is expected to return alongside James Tomkins.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 10 - 5:00 PM

Crystal Palace received a boost with the return of midfielders Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur this week.

Manager Roy Hodgson was relieved to announce the midfield duo is back in training ahead of the Bournemouth match on Saturday. McArthur was a doubt for much of the week due to illness while Cabaye missed the draw with West Brom due to a minor knee problem. But the midfielders are set to play this weekend, although Hodgson did reveal that Joel Ward remains a doubt for the club: "We're looking pretty good at the moment. James McArthur had an early scare with a virus at the beginning of the week, but he's trained for the first time again today so he's recovered. Connor Wickham is long term and Joel Ward is a doubt for the game simply because he felt his groin after three matches in a week."
Dec 7 - 5:40 PM

With a 0-0 draw with West Brom, Crystal Palace continues to slowly work its way up the table with another point.

The Eagles are now unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches under Roy Hodgson and have a favorably fixture list in the festive period to continue to climb. A win against former manager Alan Pardew would have seen them go even on points with the 17th-placed Baggies, but a point saw the side jump out of last place, leapfrogging Swansea City and West Ham (for now). However, the club's attack continue to struggle with its second straight scoreless game, where it managed only two shots on goal. The only new face was Martin Kelly, who filled in on the back-line with the club sporting a shortened bench after three games in one week.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 2 - 12:26 PM

Crystal Palace secured its first win in more than a month with a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Stoke City.

The Eagles went down a goal in the 53rd minute following a Xherdan Shaqiri goal, but answered back almost immediately with Ruben Loftus-Cheek finding the back of the net for his first Premier League goal in a Palace shirt after Andros Townsend found the Chelsea loanee at the back post for the easy equalizer in the 56th minute. But it was Mamadou Sakho who proved to be the difference maker with his match-winner in the 92nd minute. After Yohan Cabaye's shot hit to the post, Sakho followed up on his fellow Frenchman's effort to secure the win at a raucous Selhurst Park as Palace moved up to eight points, just three away from leaving the bottom three.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 25 - 12:06 PM

Crystal Palace took two leads and saw it disappear in the first half alone in a 2-2 draw with Everton.

Palace jumped on the board early with the second-fastest goal in Premier League history after James McArthur pounced on a saved shot by Ruben Lofus-Cheek at the back post just 51 seconds into the match. After Scott Dann gave away a dubious penalty in the fifth minute, Wilfried Zaha gave the Eagles another lead with a goal in the 35th minute for his third goal in the last five league games. In the 35th minute, Joel Ward zipped across a pass that found Zaha for a rare, composed finish. But the lead was gone on the brink of half-time as Palace stayed bottom with only a point to show from Saturday.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 18 - 12:20 PM

Crystal Palace fans and fantasy owners will be pleased to know another attacking option is back, although Ruben Loftus-Cheek might be ruled out.

The Chelsea loanee suffered a back injury during the international break and will be a late decision ahead of Crystal Palace's match with Everton today. However, Christian Benteke will be a welcome sight on the Palace bench after missing the last two months with a knee injury. Said manager Roy Hodgson: "We are assessing Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has a back spasm, but he hasn’t trained today and we probably won’t know until tomorrow or even on Saturday...We hope Christian can play a big part for us now going forward but it must be remembered he hasn’t played for seven weeks but it’s good because he is physically fit to play and I certainly don’t see it as a risk playing him."
Nov 18 - 4:33 AM

Gareth Southgate has played down injury concerns after Ruben Loftus-Cheek was forced off during the 0-0 draw with Brazil.

The Chelsea midfielder, currently on-loan at Crystal Palace, was praised for his assured display against the World Champions last week, but his night was practically over before it had begun on Tuesday. Only 34 minutes had passed when Loftus-Cheek limped to the side-lines with what appeared to be a lower leg injury, although it was later confirmed that the 21-year-old had an issue with his back. Post-match, the England manager was quick to allay any concerns of serious damage: "It’s a problem with his back which he has had periodically," he said. "It should settle down fairly quickly. I don’t expect it to be a problem." However, the player himself admitted he was "unsure" if he would recover in time for the visit of Everton on Saturday. The news will come as a major blow for Roy Hodgson whose struggling side are already four points adrift at the bottom of the table.
Nov 15 - 8:45 AM

Crystal Palace fans are holding onto hope that star forward Christian Benteke could return in the coming weeks.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the club is hoping to have Benteke back in training during the current international break after missing the last seven weeks of the season with a knee injury. "We are also still without Christian Benteke and we will now see how he is after the international break. He has had medial ligament damage which was to see him out for six to eight weeks and we are now at week seven so and we are hoping he will be able to train fully with us during the international break."
Nov 7 - 12:40 PM

Crystal Palace had their share of chances to get a result against a Tottenham side who were not playing their best, but failed to put any of them away and fall to Spurs, 1-0.

The Eagles are certainly on the right track, playing much better football than they did the first couple months of the season, but they came up a quality side that still found a way to get the win with a less-than-stellar performance. Palace had a few chances on counter attacks, a couple of which were engineered by Andros Townsend, but the result was a shot off target or a save by the Tottenham keeper. A few more chances were created from set pieces, but a Scott Dann header was stopped. Still mired at the bottom of the table, things should improve in the points column over the next couple of months as Palace face a kind run of fixtures.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 5 - 9:06 AM

Crystal Palace will hope to have a key trio back from injury ahead of Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.

Defender Mamadou Sakho (calf) and midfielder James McArthur (ankle) each missed the club's exciting 2-2 draw with West Ham last weekend but have returned to training today. Meanwhile, Patrick van Aanholt also has an outside chance of playing this week. Said manager Roy Hodgson: "Mama Sakho trained today, as did James McArthur. Good to see those two back. We do have to be careful with James though, as it's a problem with the ligament in his ankle and when you get that type of problem you have to live with them for a period of time before you are entirely pain free. We'll see how he's feeling after today's session."
Nov 3 - 4:38 PM

Crystal Palace centre-back Mamadou Sakho was a surprise omission from the match-day squad on Saturday as Roy Hodgson’s men came from 2-nil down to snatch a point deep into injury time.

The Eagles were forced into two changes from the side which was narrowly beaten on Tyneside in game week ten. Roy Hodgson confirmed James McArthur had failed a late fitness test after picking up a "strange" ankle injury against Newcastle while Sakho missed the Carabao Cup defeat at Bristol City on Tuesday because of a minor calf strain. The Palace boss was unable to give a definitive return date but "wouldn’t rule any of them out of the Spurs game" next weekend. Patrick van Aanholt will also be assessed after limping off during the opening exchanges of todays encounter with West Ham. "He damaged his hamstring and I can’t tell you how bad it is. It’ll have to be assessed and we’ve got to hope it’s not too bad."
Oct 28 - 4:44 PM

Wilfried Zaha's goal six minutes into injury time capped a second-half comeback as Crystal Palace drew 2-2 with West Ham at Selhurst Park.

Palace found themselves trailing 2-0 at half-time courtesy of strikes from Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew. Yet Angelo Ogbonna conceded a silly penalty when he fouled Andros Townsend, who was dribbling away from goal, to give the hosts a lifeline. Luka Milivojevic converted the spot-kick to cut the deficit in half and that proved to be the turning point the match. Roy Hodgson's side struck the woodwork twice and peppered Joe Hart in goal before finally being rewarded. Zaha's goal was a brilliant solo effort, cutting inside and leveling the match with a low effort out of the reach of Hart. Though Palace remain at the bottom of the table, things are starting to look much brighter with Zaha back and in fine form.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 28 - 1:00 PM



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