Player News - Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace were forced into a slight switch of personnel for Saturdays’ trip to the Stadium of Light following injuries to key players.

Alan Pardew had made a raft of changes for the midweek EFL Cup match at Southampton [eight in total], but of the three first team regulars who played, two left St Marys’ injured ruling them out of the Sunderland game. Ever-present [and joint top scorer] Scott Dann limped off after just 19 minutes due to a muscular problem while Wilfried Zaha completed the match but minor hamstring discomfort meant the winger did not travel to Wearside. Fortunately, the Eagles were still able to secure three-points despite finding themselves 2-nil down after an hour. Christian Benteke grabbed a last-gasp winner deep into injury time leaving the Black Cats firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Sep 26 - 5:13 AM

Crystal Palace won its third straight Premier League match in come-from-behind fashion with a 3-2 result at Sunderland.

Christian Benteke secured his moment of fame in Palace fans' memory with a last-minute header to seal a comeback win from 2-0 down. After Jermain Defoe's second goal in the 60th, Joe Ledley answered back almost immediately to cut the lead to one. Ten minutes later, it was James McArthur's turn to add his name to the scoresheet to draw even with the Black Cats. Then, the Belgian forward headed in a cross from Lee Chung-yong for the 3-2 wins, with all three goals coming in the last half-hour.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 24 - 12:13 PM

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann will head for a scan today after limping out of last nights’ EFL Cup tie at Southampton with a suspected muscle injury.

With less than 20 minutes gone at St Marys’ Dann pulled up, clutching his hamstring before hobbling to the sidelines in what was his 100th appearance for the club. The 29-year-old is an integral part of the Palace defence and to lose him at this stage of the season would be a massive blow for Alan Pardew. Damien Delaney is a certain starter this weekend while there was some surprising news regarding James Tomkins who should make the game as well. Tomkins left Selhurst Park on crutches following the win over Stoke but chairman Steve Parish says his "knock" looks OK while Pardew feels he "may be [ready] for the weekend [after making] a speedy recovery." Martin Kelly can also play centrally although following the loss of Pape Souaré for up-to six months the defender is likely to be deployed at left-back.
Sep 22 - 4:28 AM

The sight of James Tomkins limping away from Selhurst Park yesterday is a concern, although Alan Pardew was trying to remain upbeat when speaking post-match: "We’ll just have to see how it is. Hopefully it’s not too bad."

The Eagles secured back-to-back Premier League wins with a 4-1 victory over Stoke on Sunday. Pardew made just one change to the side which started at the Riverside in GW4 as Tomkins came in for his first start with Damien Delaney dropping to the bench. However, the summer signing from West Ham was forced off at the break after picking up an injury and the early indications do not look promising:"He had a good first half but just over-stretched his knee a little bit when he made a tackle before half-time," revealed Pardew. Tomkins left the stadium on crutches and will have a scan today, if tests reveal ligament damage then the defender could face a number of weeks on the sidelines.
Sep 19 - 5:56 AM

Andros Townsend scored a goal (two shots on target) and recorded an assist in Crystal Palace's 4-1 win over Stoke City.

Andros Townsend was the driving force in a match dominated by Crystal Palace. Townsend made his first contribution by assisting on their second goal of the afternoon, a free-kick in 11th minute headed home by debutant James Tomkins, while scoring their fourth himself - a splendid finish into the bottom right corner in the 75th. The match also saw defender Scott Dann and midfielder James McArthur join in the scoring, as Palace claimed their first win of the season against Stoke City.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 18 - 11:43 AM

Crystal Palace released a statement saying defender Pape Souare underwent surgery on Tuesday for jaw and thigh injuries.

Read the statement: "Pape Souare has this morning undergone surgery on both his jaw and thigh. Thanks to the fantastic response of the emergency services who cut him from the car and the amazing surgeons, doctors and staff at the Royal London Hospital he is expected to make a full recovery and should be discharged on Friday." The left-back was involved in a serious car crash on Sunday while on the way to Heathrow airport, which required him to be airlifted to the hospital for treatment. It looks unlikely Souare will be involved anytime soon with Martin Kelly getting the start last weekend.
Sep 13 - 7:17 PM

Pape Souaré has been involved in a horrific car crash which saw the Crystal Palace defender airlifted to safety.

Despite being cut from his car, initial reports suggest the injuries sustained by Souaré are not life threatening, although photographs of his mangled Mercedes suggest the 26-year-old is lucky to be alive. Souaré was not part of the Crystal Palace squad which managed to secure their first win of the season at Middlesbrough on Saturday. Martin Kelly will benefit in the short-term, while Souare recovers from a thigh injury and/or those inflicted by the crash, although Damien Delaney can play at right-back. However, Alan Pardew maybe reluctant to split his central defensive pairing with Scott Dann leaving summer signing James Tomkins as another option. He was utilised as an emergency full-back on occasions during his time as West Ham.
Source: The Mirror
Sep 12 - 6:13 AM

The Christian Benteke era at Crystal Palace is underway in sparkling fashion with Crystal Palace's first win of the season.

It was an afternoon for Palace debuts with goalkeeper Steve Mandanda receiving the start along with Benteke while Jonathan Benteke, Christian's younger brother, and Mathieu Flamini, who was just signed Thursday on a free transfer, came off the bench as subs. But it was the elder Benteke who took the spotlight just 16 minutes into his Papace debut, heading in the opening goal off a Wilfried Zaha cross. After Middlesbrough equalizer, it was Zaha who took matters into his own hands with the match-winner two minutes after halftime for the 2-1 victory. Meanwhile, Connor Wickham, Yohan Cabaye and Pape Souare all missed out with injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 10 - 12:02 PM

Loic Remy will have to wait a while, quite a while, before being able to make his Eagles debut.

The striker only joined Palace nine-days ago but Alan Pardew confirmed earlier this week that the on-loan Chelsea star had suffered an injury in training: "He's just got a little thigh strain. I don't know how long he's out for, but he's had a scan on Tuesday morning and I'll know more on Thursday." Remy will now return to Cobham for treatment and could miss up-to 8 weeks. Fortunately, the arrival of Christian Benteke will help to ensure Palace still have attacking options, despite Fraizer Campbell also being side-lined. Yohan Cabaye [minor groin strain] looks set to miss the trip to Middlesbrough but James McArthur should be fine and Pardew could call upon new signing Mathieu Flamini if needed to bolster the midfield.
Sep 8 - 2:19 PM

Reports are beginning to circulate that Yohan Cabaye has been injured while on international duty.

The precise nature or indeed the extent of the problem are yet to be confirmed, but several respected media outlets, plus the official fantasy Premier League game, have the Palace playmaker side-lined due to a knee problem. Cabaye made his first league start of the season on Saturday, and despite missing a first half penalty, his appearance in the Eagles line-up provided a massive boost following losses in their two opening matches. Alan Pardew has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bolster his squad and following hot on the heels of record signing Christian Benteke, Loic Remy has arrived from Chelsea. However, Pardew may now be in the market for a new midfielder with Cabaye POTENTIALLY missing for several weeks. Jack Wilshere has been linked after Arsenal agreed to allow the injury-plagued England international to leave on-loan.
Aug 31 - 7:05 AM

Crystal Palace has unveiled a completely revamped attack in the past week with the signings of Christian Benteke and now Loic Remy.

The Chelsea forward joins Crystal Palace on a season-log loan after falling well down the pecking order under Antonio Conte at Chelsea. Now the French international links back up with manager Alan Pardew, who he played under with Newcastle in 2013-14 en route to scoring 13 goals for the Magpies. Said Pardew: Loic has been a target of mine throughout this transfer window and I’m delighted the deal has been done. I brought him to Newcastle so I know what he is capable of and I am convinced he will be a quality addition to our squad as we evolve."
Aug 30 - 11:20 AM

Crystal Palace have Scott Dann to thank after he scored a goal in the third minute of stoppage time to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth.

Scott Dann stole the show with a powerful header into the back of net in the final minutes of the match. The goal capped off a strong second-half performance. Crystal Palace were flat in the first and were lucky to be down just 0-1 at the half. The second half saw improvement due to the introduction of Wilfried Zaha and formation change to a 4-3-3. Palace looked the better side late on, which is why the goal was deserved.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 1:44 PM

Tottenham have opened talks with Crystal Palace about a potential transfer of Wifried Zaha, who has made it known he wants to leave the Eagles.

Tottenham already have a wide man lined up to join the club in Marseille's Georges-Kevin N'Koudou but they would have no issue in adding depth to their squad as they face the rigors of a Champions League schedule. Reportedly, an initial offer of £15million is on the table for the Ivorian. Spurs look prepared to sell Nacer Chadli and Heung-Min Son for the right price so N'Koudou and Zaha could become their replacements if these deals are to go through. It will not help Zaha's fantasy value though. He stood to get regular playing time for the Eagles but would probably be relegated to a bench option most weeks were he to join the North London club.
Aug 25 - 12:32 PM

Crystal Palace had little to offer from their attack this afternoon and the defense could not hold on for a draw as Spurs would score late and defeat the Eagles, 1-0.

Perhaps Tottenham should feel lucky to catch Palace in a transition week where they did not have the recently departed Yannick Bolasie nor the newly arrived Christian Benteke to play in this one. Jason Puncheon had a shot on target early but it took until just after the hour mark for the Eagles best chance when Puncheon was able to find Yohan Cabaye in space but the Frenchman missed the shot badly. Meanwhile, the Palace defense did all they could to stave off the Tottenham attack and they nearly worked a draw, but shortly after the removal of Damien Delaney from the game, Spurs would find a match-winner. The Eagles should have a much better chance to score goals next week with the addition of Benteke and a tasty fixture, playing at home to AFC Bournemouth.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 12:07 PM

Crystal Palace have officially announced the arrival of Christian Benteke who penned a four-year deal.

The Eagles reached an agreement with Liverpool yesterday but had to wait for the striker to pass a medical before officially introducing him. Whether he is available to feature against Tottenham later today is unknown, but it is more likely he will make his debut next week at Selhurst Park against the Cherries. If Benteke can use the motivation of a fresh start with a new club where he will be the main man, it is the perfect environment for him to score. Palace should be a much better fit for him than Liverpool was. He should be owned in all fantasy draft leagues and is one to monitor for the FPL game as Palace have a nice run of fixtures ahead following their trip to White Hart Lane today.
Aug 20 - 5:47 AM



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