Player News - Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace is expected to have Wayne Hennessey back in goal for the weekend match against Newcastle.

The Welsh keeper returned from the international break with a calf injury that kept him out of the club's first win of the season in a 2-1 upset of Chelsea last weekend. And while Julian Speroni filled in, Hennessey looks set to regain his place in the starting XI for the trip to Newcastle this weekend after being cleared. "Wayne Hennessey has recovered from the kick he received playing against Ireland, so we have a clean bill of health" manager Roy Hodgson said. "We're lucky that we have no further injuries, apart from the two long-term ones in Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham."
Oct 19 - 9:12 PM

Christian Benteke is poised for an early return to action having been sidelined since September because of injury.

The Crystal Palace striker suffered knee ligament damage at Manchester City in game week six leaving the Eagles without a recognised forward following the departure of Loic Remy and Fraizer Campbell while Connor Wickham is still recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. The news follows quickly on from the return of Wilfried Zaha who helped orchestrate his sides first win on Saturday, a victory which Roy Hodgson hopes can be used as a platform to kickstart their season. Although the trip to Newcastle will come too soon, Benteke is targeting a return within a "few weeks" and could feature before the next international break. "The rehab is going really well and I'm feeling really happy with the way that my ligament is healing. I really want to help the team and do well this year to make sure I'm in the [World Cup] squad."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 18 - 3:17 AM

Wilfried Zaha returned from injury to inspire Crystal Palace to its first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

After a terrible start, winless and goalless in seven matches, Crystal Palace impressed on Saturday. Roy Hodgson's took a deserved lead in the 11 minute when Yohan Cabaye's close-range strike deflected off Cesar Azpilicueta and into the net. Chelsea equalized through Tiemoue Bakayoko seven minutes later but the home side restored their lead just before the break when Zaha, back after missing the last six matches with a knee injury, scored after an excellent solo effort. The Blues pressed in the second half but saw their chances limited to strikes from distance, while Palace missed ample chances to extend their lead yet held firm to claim all three points.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 14 - 12:54 PM

Crystal Palace will be more than relieved to see the return of winger Wilfried Zaha against Chelsea on Saturday.

The star winger has been out since the opening week of the season when he suffered a knee injury in the first match. Since, the club has yet to score a goal or record a point and now have a new manager in Roy Hodgson. After seven goals and 11 assists last year, there's a lot weighing on Zaha to pull the club out of its slump. Said Hodgson:"Wilfried has trained for two weeks over the international break so therefore there is no reason why I shouldn’t consider him for the game against Chelsea...He did ever so well to come back that quickly from the injury so to expect him to be in the form he was in before is a tough ask but it has certainly been good to see him in training."
Oct 13 - 4:29 PM

Crystal Palace continues to hit new lows with another embarrassing loss: this time a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.

It was a battle between top of the table and bottom, and it showed from the start in this one-sided affair. Palace faced a deficit from the third minute after Juan Mata scored the opening goal. Marouane Fellaini added two on either side of half-time before Romelu Lukaku scored the dagger with four minutes left. But for the Eagles, the defeat marks their seventh straight of the season and a goal differential of -17. Without Christian Benteke, the club turned to Bakary Sako to lead the line to no avail as Palace continues to be goalless through the first two months of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 30 - 12:22 PM

Crystal Palace arrived at Old Trafford on Saturday fearing the worst with seven first players ruled out of the Top vs Bottom clash.

Roy Hodgson confirmed Christian Benteke will miss around six weeks after sustaining a knee ligament injury at Manchester City in game week six: "It is a major blow because we don’t really have too many alternatives. He is a quality player and a proven goal scorer but these things happen in football. There’s no point crying about it." Bakary Sako will be tasked with leading the Eagles attack in his absence with Freddie Ladapo providing back-up from the bench. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was one of the few positives from last weekend, is also out because of a thigh strain – no timescale on his return. Wilfried Zaha is hoping to be back [vs Chelsea] after the international break. Defensively Palace are missing James Tomkins [illness] and Timothy Fosu-Mensah [ineligible] while Scott Dann was not included in the travelling squad. Damien Delaney and Joel Ward have been recalled to the starting line-up.
Sep 30 - 10:36 AM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that forward Christian Benteke will miss the next six weeks.

Benteke sustained a knee injury similar to Wifried Zaha's, meaning a minimum of six weeks. And with Zaha set to miss out at the weekend, Palace will be without four potential starters with James Tomkins and Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured. Said Hodgson: "I'm afraid there are a lot of injuries, which is bad news for us. Benteke you know about and he will be out for six weeks...Zaha's injury is very similar to the one Christian has picked up. It has taken him six weeks to get back with us and hopefully he will be back with us in the international break, but tomorrow is too early for him, no question."
Sep 29 - 4:35 PM

If at all possible, things just got a whole lot worse for Crystal Palace with the news that Christian Benteke could be set for an extended period on the sidelines.

The Eagles currently find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Premier League boasting a record of six defeats from their opening 6 matches with zero goals in their FOR column and 13 against. And while Benteke may not have been pulling up trees this term, the Palace attacker represents their one and only experienced striker. With no return date insight for Connor Wickham [ACL knee injury], news that Benteke will require a scan after limping off at Manchester City will come as a hammer blow to Roy Hodgson who has been tasked with trying to save the top-flight status of his hometown club. Although the full extent of his knee injury is not yet known, Benteke has already been ruled out of next weekend’s trip to Old Trafford and Hodgson may be forced into handing Bakary Sako his first league start since April 2016.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 24 - 9:49 AM

Despite the arrival of Roy Hodgson, nothing seems to have changed for Crystal Palace this season.

Palace suffered its worst loss of the season on Saturday at the Etihad, a 5-0 loss to league-leading Manchester City. The Eagles also became the only Premier League club, and one of three clubs in all four divisions in English Football League history, to go goalless in its first six matches to start a season. Palace couldn't even muster a shot on goal against City despite holding the club to just one goal in the first 45 minutes. But the floodgates opened in the second half with Raheem Sterling scoring two and Sergio Aguero adding another.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 23 - 12:30 PM

Crystal Palace is nearing the end of its anxious wait without Wilfried Zaha with the winger close to a return.

Zaha is set to return after the upcoming international break after sustaining a knee injury in the club's opening match of the season, according to manager Roy Hodgson. "We've got a large squad to choose from. Everyone made it through Tuesday unscathed...Feedback on Wilf is positive, he is doing work with the sports science and medical staff and is still on target for a return after the international period." The Eagles have sorely missed the Ivorian international as the club remains goalless this season.
Sep 22 - 4:38 PM

Crystal Palace is nearly back to full fitness with the return of defender Pape Souare and Mamadou Sakho tonight.

New manager Roy Hodgson said he expects to name both defenders in the starting lineup for their first appearance of the season against Huddersfield Town in the League Cup tonight. Sakho has missed the last five months after sustaining a knee injury while on loan at Palace last season, before the Eagles bought him from Liverpool on Deadline Day last month. Meanwhile, Souare has progressed through a remarkable recovery after a car accident last September left his career in jeopardy.
Sep 19 - 1:16 PM

Crystal Palace nightmare season continued with Roy Hodgson's first game in charge, as they lost at home to Southampton, 0-1, on a rainy day at Selhurst Park.

With today's loss, Palace become the first top division club to not score in their first five games since the Premier League era and now would need to be the first club since the Saints in 1998 to avoid relegation after losing their first five. Whatever "wipe the slate clean" mentality the Eagles had going into the match was quickly stifled by an early Southampton goal and they were dominated in the first half. Palace began to show signs of life in the second frame, with Reuben Loftus-Cheek looking particularly promising with his return from injury, but no end product in the final third. As if things aren't tough enough, now Palace enter a very tough stretch of their schedule.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 16 - 9:34 AM

Roy Hodgson has been blessed with a nearly fit squad with James Tomkins and Rubern Loftus-Cheek back fit.

The defender and midfielder has missed the last few weeks after each sustaining groin injuries in a loss to Swansea City earlier this season. But now Hodgson has revealed that the duo will be in contention, with Mamadou Sakho and Pape Souare also close to a return, to face Southampton in his first game in charge since taking over for the sacked Frank de Boer."Tomkins is now fit, as is Ruben Loftus-Cheek so it’s good to have those two back. Wilfried Zaha needs a little bit more rehabilitation time after his injury, but Mamadou Sakho is training every day and looking good."
Sep 15 - 6:09 PM

Just one day after firing Frank de Boer, Crystal Palace has announced Roy Hodgson as the club's new manager.

The experienced manager most recently coached the England national team in the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Euros before leaving last summer. Hodgson arrives at the club on a two-year deal after previously managing Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion in the top flight. Said Hodgson: "It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential. We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals."
Sep 13 - 6:08 AM

After just 77 days at the club, Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer has been relieved of his managerial duties.

Following a 1-0 loss to Burnley on Sunday, the club secured its spot in infamy as the only club in 93 years to lose its first four matches and not score a single goal. De Boer was hired to replace Sam Allardyce this summer, but his possesion-based style clashed with the makeup of the squad and teh attitudes within the dressing room leaders. Now, reports suggest former England manager Roy Hodgson is set to take over on a two-year deal. Said Palace in a statement: "We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the Club. A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future. There will be no further comment at this time."
Sep 11 - 9:03 AM



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