Player News - Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace concluded a major piece of business by signing winger Wilfried Zaha to a contract extension.

Signing Zaha to a new deal was one of the club's highest priorities, which now includes finding a new manager following Sam Allardyce's abrupt resignation. But at least Steve Parish and company know that the 24-year-old is committed for the next five years through the 2022 season amid rumors he could leave for Spurs this summer. Said Zaha about the new deal: "Palace is in my heart and I don't think the story is over. I spoke with Steve and I think I still have more to give this Club. The supporters have been amazing and I want us to do more than just stay in the League next year. I would like to thank the Chairman for being a big part of my journey and his fellow owners for backing me and rewarding my progression. Let's do this!"
May 26 - 6:35 AM

Andros Townsend has went under the knife in an attempt to cure a persistent and ongoing Achilles problem.

The Crystal Palace winger struggled throughout the latter part of the campaign, with his workload being carefully monitored between matches, and a decision has now been taken to have surgery to ensure he is fully fit for the start of the new season. Townsend, who was heavily linked with a move back to his former club Newcastle during the January transfer window, was pivotal in helping the Eagles retain their top-flight status. He will now miss the upcoming England internationals against Scotland and France. Townsend won the Premier League’s Carling Goal of the Month award for March for his sensational 80-yard solo effort at the Hawthorns while he was instrumental in the 3-0 win over Arsenal. Townsend has enjoyed his most successful season to date, certainly in terms of league minutes played [2528], and the 25-year-old will be looking to build upon his successful start at Selhurst Park.
Source: Sky Sports
May 25 - 4:54 AM

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish confirmed the club will do everything in its power to keep Mamadou Sakho.

The Liverpool defender made only eight Premier League appearances since arriving in the winter transfer window, but the club recorded four clean sheets and five wins in that span before the Frenchman suffered a season-ending injury. But with Liverpool reportedly holding out for £30 million, it could be an uphill battle for Palace to make the loan permanent. "The money needs to work for us and for Liverpool," Parish said. "I'm sure there'll be a negotiation on that. If we can make it work, of course we'd like to, I'm not going to try and be coy or clever on that. He's a very good player and I think he likes being with us. We like him. Let's hope we can do it."
Source: Daily Mail
May 24 - 2:35 PM

After surviving yet another relegation test, Sam Allardyce has called his time at Crystal Palace after less than one season.

Contrary to initial reports, Allardyce said he is resigning in order to spend more time with his family and get away from managing, not due to a dispute over the club's transfer budget and future plans. His exit marks the end of a turbulent year that started with earning, then losing his job as England manager before starting on at Palace in December. Said Allardyce: "It’s hard walking away now. I think the club are heading in the right direction with a hugely supportive board of directors, a great squad of players and some of the most passionate fans I’ve ever met. It’s been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months...This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League."
May 24 - 5:03 AM

Sam Allardyce will play with "the fittest team we’ve got" but admits the Eagles will be missing several key first-team players for the trip to Old Trafford.

A 4-0 win over Hull last weekend confirmed their top-flight status for another season and keeps Sam Allardyce’s remarkable record of never being relegated from the Premier League intact. The Eagles take on Manchester United, who will field a much-changed starting XI ahead of their Europa League final on Wednesday, but there will be no old pals act as Palace aim to get another three-points on the board. Andros Townsend and Yohan Cabaye have been managing ongoing Achilles and foot injuries in recent weeks and both players will miss out as well as Mamadou Sakho who won’t recover from a knee ligament strain in time. James Tomkins [ankle] "looks to be okay" but Scott Dan [knee] may not be risked as he hasn’t played competitively since being stretchered off at Chelsea in April.
May 18 - 10:24 AM

Crystal Palace secured all three points at Selhurst Park on Sunday, consigning Hull City to relegation.

Hull had to win to keep any realistic hope of staying in the division alive but they sunk without a trace. Palace were up inside the first few minutes through Wilfried Zaha, who pounced on Ranocchia's failure to hit the ball to open the scoring. Their woes were compounded by Benteke in the 34th minute, as he headed in a Puncheon corner beyond Jakupovic. Hull couldn't make their possession count all game, with Bowen missing a good chance while the deficit was still two. The Eagles piled on the pain in the last 10 minutes. Luka Milivojevic slotted home a penalty after Dawson hauled down Schlupp before Patrick Van Aanholt completed the rout.
Source: BBC Sport
May 14 - 9:00 AM

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce did not sound too optimistic over the fitness of Mamadou Sakho.

The on-loan defender from Liverpool has proven to be a shrewd addition in the winter transfer window, but sustained a knee injury at the end of April in a 1-0 loss to Tottenham. The club originally hoped he would be able to return for the end of the season, but Allardyce said the chances are slim: "He has been away in France. He is back here now but I think it will not be long enough for the recovery period to think he would be available for Old Trafford. I did not get my hopes up too much. Some players recover quicker than others. Maybe if he was a quick healer we might have speeded the process up."
May 13 - 5:13 AM

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce said the club will wait on the fitness of James Tomkins and Yohan Cabaye.

The starting duo have missed the last two games due to muscle injuries, with fears they could miss the remainder of the season, but Allardyce confirmed they will face fitness tests ahead of Sunday's game against Hull City: "The more likely ones to be fit are James Tomkins and Yohan Cabaye but they are not training with us yet but are making good progress. That real decision probably won't happen until Saturday morning and then we will see what we have got available." Meanwhile, Andros Townsend (Achilles) and Joel Ward (broken nose) are also doubts after picking up minor injuries last week.
May 13 - 4:58 AM

Crystal Palace are making their goal of avoiding relegation tougher by the week, as they come away empty-handed for the third game in a row, this time at the hands of Manchester City in a 5-0 thrashing.

It had the makings of a long day, when Palace would allow Manchester City to score in the 2nd minute of the match, and a long day it was by the final whistle. Despite conceding early, Palace were able to stay within striking distance up until halftime, thanks largely in part to a couple of saved by Wayne Hennessey near the half-hour mark, stopping City's Leroy Sane each time. However, the attack was dormant and had trouble all day with the center back pairing of Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi, giving Willy Caballero little to worry about as the Eagles were outscored 12-2 in the shots on target department. The loss of Mamadou Sakho, who helped give the defense a boost when he came over on loan in January is clearly felt now, as Palace have been outscored by their opponents 7-0 in the last two games. A huge clash with Hull City looms next weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 9:52 AM

Crystal Palace looked to take advantage of playing at home against a side that hadn't won on the road all season, but today Burnley decided to end that run and defeated the Eagles, 0-2.

Sam Allardyce made it known that his side needs to get one more positive result before they can feel safe from relegation, but it did not come today. The Eagles had their fair share of time on the ball to find away past the Claret defense, but an early conceded goal followed by a missed chance for Luka Milivojevic underscored how the day would go. An equalizer looked in the cards in the second half, but Tom Heaton came up with a big save on what would have been a peach of a Damian Delaney goal, and the Eagles may have been sold short on a penalty chance when Wilfried Zaha went down in the box on 78 minutes. Burnley put an end to any comeback hopes a few minutes later with another goal. Maybe Palace are a bit low on energy after their third match in a week, and now have to travel to the Etihad next.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 2:45 PM

Crystal Palace (and Liverpool) dodged a bullet with defender Mamadou Sakho set to miss weeks rather than months.

The on-loan defender appeared to sustain a gruesome injury for Crystal Palace against Spurs last week after leaving on a stretcher with a knee injury. But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that scans showed there isn't any ligament damage as Sakho could return before the end of the season. "Since we got the images from Crystal Palace, we know there are no ligaments involved, so in a situation like this - and maybe not for Crystal Palace - but for the player it’s the best thing he could get. I think he is out for a few weeks, but that is something that will be good at the end, but at the end of the season each injury is a big blow because there is not a lot of time to recover."
Apr 29 - 10:58 AM

Crystal Palace's 1-0 defeat by Tottenham proved costly as influential defender Mamadou Sakho was forced off midway through the second half.

The Eagles started off creating the better chances as Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend threatened on the flanks, while Christian Benteke fired an early chance straight at Hugo Lloris. Palace, on the back of six wins in eight games, were able to shut down Spurs' deadly duo of Harry Kane and Dele Alli and appeared on their way to share of the points. But when Sakho was forced to depart on a stretcher in 57th-minute, the home side were forced on the back foot and Tottenham sense their chance. With just 12 minutes remaining, Christian Eriksen collected a pass from Kane 30 yards out and hammered a thunderbolt inside the far post by Wayne Hennessey. The result means Palace remain 12th, on 38 points, and sit seven points above the relegation zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 6:13 PM

Mamadou Sakho is poised to return against Tottenham on Wednesday evening as James Tomkins is set for a spell on the sidelines.

The Crystal Palace centre-back spent the remaining minutes at Anfield limping around up front after he was caught by Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic. "It's a bad injury for Tomkins," said Sam Allardyce. "I am very pleased there's nothing broken given the nature of the tackle. He may not be fit again this season. I think he [Grujic] was lucky to get a yellow, he wasn't in control and hit just above the ankle." Tomkins was the only change on Sunday, in for Sakho who was ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement, and Allardyce may be tempted to keep things nice and simple once again unless he decides to introduce some "fresh legs" for the visit of their London rivals. Loic Remy is fit and available, although the Chelsea loanee lacks match fitness, otherwise the Eagles are pretty much as you were.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 25 - 2:05 PM

Crystal Palace will face its toughest stretch of the season yet, but a crop of injury returnees are sure to help the cause.

The Eagles have three games in the six days, starting on Sunday against Liverpool and followed by Spurs in midweek. Those two clubs happen to be the only two sides that have recorded more points than Crystal Palace's 13 in the past month. And now it looks like the club will have James Tomkins and Loic Remy back from injury after seeing the return of James McArthur and Patrick van Aanholt last week. Said manager Sam Allardyce: "We have a few back out there training with us that haven’t been available in recent weeks which is ideal with a congested fixture period coming up...The full squad will be used over that period, obviously Mamadou cannot play on Sunday so that makes it important us having James Tomkins back available and Loic gives us another option on the front line."
Apr 21 - 1:09 AM

Crystal Palace picked up another needed point on Saturday as they rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Leicester City at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace got off to bad start but struck twice in the second-half to overcome the reigning champions. Robert Huth gave the Foxes a lead in the sixth minute and the visitors appeared on their way to all three points shortly after halftime, as Jamie Vardy smashed a left-footed strike past Wayne Hennessey in the 52nd minute. The Eagles however proved resilient and pulled one back just two minutes later when Yohan Cabaye hammered home Jeffrey Schlupp's deflected shot, while Christian Benteke completed the comeback with a headed equalizer in the 70th minute. The results sees Place move seven points clear of 18th-place Swansea City.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 15 - 2:56 PM



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