Player News - Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare said he does not know whether he will be able to make a full return from injuries sustained in a car accident.

The fullback was involved in a serious wreck in September that left him with a broken thighbone and a fractured jaw. Intially, manager Alan Pardew said the defender would miss around six months, but Souare said he is taking his recovery by the day and doesn't know fully whether he can return: "I don't know about my injury. I don't know if I can get back or not. I just put everything in the hands of God and we will see. "I got my leg broke, and my jaw, and I couldn't eat for the first month, but now I can eat, I can try to eat a little bit. The thing about my leg, it's getting there. I'm trying to do the work to make it stronger with the physio at the club."
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 7 - 8:12 AM

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew confirmed starting goalkeeper Steve Mandanda will miss the next six weeks following knee surgery.

Mandanda originally suffered a minor knee injury while with France during the international break three weeks ago, which was only expected to keep him out for a matter of weeks. But Pardew said the problem worsened last week and will now require minor surgery: "Steve Mandanda's going to have an operation on his knee this week. We think he's out for six weeks. His knee locked up in training." The club's depth at keeper prevents the injury from causing major problems at the position, with last year's starter Wayne Hennessey starting the last three games with former No. 1 Julian Speroni serving as his backup.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 5 - 6:15 AM

Crystal Palace confounded all expectations and form to end their six match losing streak in the PL with a 3-0 win over Southampton at Selhurst Park.

Southampton's over-reliance on Charlie Austin up top was evident as they lacked cutting edge again. At the other end, uncharacteristic mistakes in defence cost them. After no shots in the first 20 mins, Benteke went close with a header from a Zaha cross before converting an early Christmas gift from Fraser Forster who missed a clearance due to a bobble. Almost instantly, the Eagles soared 2 ahead. This time it was the Saints defence who misstepped, leaving James Tomkins totally unmarked to poke in a Ledley cross from point-blank range. Southampton dominated possession in the second half and went closest through a Van Dijk header which cannnoned off the crossbar but Palace got their third from a corner which the Saint failed to deal with. Puncheon pulled back to Benteke who made no mistake for his brace. Palace were deserving winners, they ironed out many of their defensive kinks which were the cause of so much of their trouble this term.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 3 - 12:01 PM

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."
Nov 29 - 12:02 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.
Nov 28 - 5:37 AM

Crystal Palace just can't seem to catch a break, even with a spectacular comeback, after suffering a 5-4 loss to Swansea City.

Palace went ahead early after Wilfried Zaha got on the end of a header from Christian Benteke and slotted it past Lukasz Fabianski in the 19th minute. But the Swans returned with three unanswered goals in the next 35 minutes to take a 3-1 lead; then the fun began. James Tomkins pounced on a loose ball in the box following a corner in the 75th minute to cut the lead in half. A bizarre own goal from Jack Cork sent the Eagles level, before Benteke seemed to grab the three points just two minutes later in the 84th after hitting both posts with a shot following another scramble off a corner for the 4-3 lead. But the Palace losing streak extended to six straight Premier League games after Swansea stole two stoppage-time goals courtesy of Fernando Llorente for the 5-4 result.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 26 - 12:25 PM

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
Nov 19 - 12:16 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
Nov 5 - 1:12 PM

James McArthur scored two first half equalizers but Crystal Palace couldn't keep up and Liverpool pulled away for a 4-2 away win

It was a case of terrible Crystal Palace defending in the first half as Liverpool scored three goals including two headers that Palace will be embarrassed about. THE eventual winner by Joel Matip was particularly bad as the center back was wide open in the middle of the penalty area on a corner kick. PALACE had a couple penalty shouts late but we're denied by the referee.
Source: Espnfc.com
Oct 29 - 2:23 PM

Crystal Palace will have to wait on the status of midfielder Jason Puncheon for the club's match against Liverpool on Saturday.

The midfielder has impressed this season in the No. 10 role, but missed the loss to Leicester City last week due to a calf injury sustained against West Ham two weeks ago. But while manager Alan Pardew said Puncheon is doubtful, defender Scott Dann looks set for a recall after recovering fully from a hamstring injury: "The only slight doubt this week is Punch from our regular squad but Scott Dann is back in the fold so he will be available for selection. It’s good to have our captain available and I am tempted to put him back in as he is our captain but that is a tough decision."
Oct 28 - 5:49 AM

Alan Pardew says Jason Puncheon missed the defeat at Leicester because of injury.

Speaking after the match, the Eagles boss revealed Puncheon had failed to recover from the calf strain he had suffered against West Ham in game week eight. There was no mention during the build-up to Saturday and the full extent of the problem remains a mystery. His absence handed Yohan Cabaye a recall and the France international appears to be finding his feet again after a slow start post-Euro 2016. Palace were also without captain Scott Dann who had been passed fit after recovering from the hamstring problem which has kept him out of the last four fixtures. Pardew confirmed the 29-year-old would travel with the group although he was likely to be named on the bench due to a lack of match fitness and the form of James Tomkins and Damien Delaney.
Oct 24 - 8:55 AM

Crystal Palace fans will be asking themselves how they ended up playing last year's Leicester City in a 3-1 loss to the Premier League champions.

Yohan Cabaye returned from a series of minor injuries to start only his third match of the season and scored a consolation goal in the 85th minute when the score was already 3-0. The Frenchman took a cross from Wilfried Zaha with just five minutes remaining and slotted it past Kasper Schmeichel to ensure the Foxes didn't come away with a clean sheet. The only real chance Palace had at turning this into a competitive match came courtesy of Christian Benteke, who hit the crossbar with a header in the first half down 1-0. Meanwhile, Palace did without captain Scott Dann, who returned to training from a hamstring injury last week.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 22 - 12:01 PM

Crystal Palace expects its captain in Scott Dann to return to face Leicester City this weekend but it will likely come off the bench.

The defender has missed the last three Premier League matches after sustaining a hamstring injury in the last League Cup game, but has trained for the past full week. However, manager Alan Pardew said he doesn't want to break up the partnership that has formed in his absence between Damien Delaney and James Tomkins: "It might be a slight risk to play Scott Dann from the start and I don't think the two other centre-halves deserve that, the way they've played. So I'll go with the two and Scotty will probably go on the bench. I wouldn't have been able to do that last year, so it's nice to have that luxury."
Oct 22 - 12:42 AM

Despite a spectacular penalty miss last weekend, striker Christian Benteke will remain on penalty kicks for Crystal Palace.

The former Liverpool forward drew a penalty in the final minute of the first half against West Ham last weekend in a 1-0 loss and drew scrutiny for missing wide right with a lackadaisical penalty attempt. But manager Alan Pardew confirmed Benteke will remain on penalty duty this week: "He will still be our penalty taker, we have a had chat about it and we had some conflicting opinions on the penalty which we would do but I have great faith in him. I think it is important that your striker continues to score goals and that is why I have always encouraged my centre forwards to take penalties."
Oct 22 - 12:34 AM

Crystal Palace couldn't take advantage of multiple opportunities at home, including a one-man advantage, in a 1-0 loss to West Ham.

While West Ham ended its five-match winless streak on Saturday, Crystal Palace saw its five-match undefeated run come to an end. The Eagles had not lost a Premier League match since Week 2 against Spurs, taking 11 points from the last five. But missed opportunities proved the difference with the biggest chance coming at the end of the first half. Christian Benteke drew a foul in the penalty box in the final minute of the first half, before nonchalantly stepping to the spot and pushing it wide. Less than a minute later, the forward had an open header at the back post that clipped the post for the final play of the half. With the loss, Palace remain in eighth place on 11 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 15 - 2:36 PM


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