Player News - Crystal Palace

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A training ground hamstring injury means that Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley was not fit enough to start on Thursday as Wales take on Cyprus in a Euro 2016 qualifying game.

News broke shortly before kick-off that Ledley was one of three changes made by Chris Coleman from the side which defeated group favourites Belgium last time out. Ledley has been nothing more than a bit part player for the Eagles this season playing just 8 minutes of Premier League football although the 28 year-old was afforded a run-out against Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup nine days ago. Ledley had been linked to a number of Championship sides during the transfer window but co-chairman Steve Parish insisted "he was never going anywhere" and was delighted to see Ledley remain at the club along with captain Mile Jedinak who was a target for Stoke City.
Source: Wales Online
Sep 3 - 3:24 PM

Crystal Palace continue to walk the walk, becoming only the second team to win at Chelsea in Jose Mourinho’s 100 matches at the Bridge…

Who’d have thunk it? Palace bosses Pardew and Parish spent the summer talking the talk – and, it should be said, backing it up with spending the cash. But we didn’t think they would be going to Chelsea and winning, did we? Of course, we didn’t think that Chelsea would start the season like a new-born giraffe. And no-one could’ve foreseen the descent of Branislav Ivanovic from FL manager’s ‘must have’ defender to weak link. Palace mercilessly targeted the right-back, basing 50% of their attacking play down their left. Bakary Sako dominated the poor Serb, setting up the winner for Joel Ward – that’s five goals and four assists in his last nine matches. And we perhaps shouldn’t be too surprised by the result. This is the Eagle’s seventh win from nine away trips since January. Won’t be their last either…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 30 - 10:15 AM

Bakary Sako scored and assisted on the way to earning Crystal Palace three points at Stamford Bridge.

Palace were the better team today and deservedly won 2-1. This is another embarrassing result for Chelsea, who can't keep anyone out at the moment and aren't scoring enough to be winning games. Jose Mourinho will certainly be upset, and changes could be coming to Chelsea's starting lineup next week. Despite Chelsea's struggles, Palace should feel proud for the great result they got at one of the hardest places to win the Premier League.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 29 - 12:03 PM

Yannick Bolasie is set to return for Crystal Palace after a week out following the death of his father.

There was speculation rampant after Bolasie was held out last weekend because his name has come up frequently in transfer speculation. As it turned out, Bolasie was given compassionate leave after the passing of his father. He should be back in the squad and the starting line-up for this weekend's match at Stamford Bridge which will be a great measuring stick for an improved Crystal Palace squad that will hope to fight for a spot just below the Champions League places this season.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:48 PM

Injuries are beginning to mount for Palace after Aussie international Mile Jedinak limped off minutes into the second half of Tuesdays' Capital One cup game with Shrewsbury.

"Mile has a little hamstring problem and definitely won't be involved at Chelsea," said Pardew. "It looks like he will be out for two-to-three weeks." Although his loss isn’t a major blow as the 31 year-old has only contributed 26 cumulative [PL] minutes so far this term. Yannick Bolasie will return after missing the win over Villa following the death of his father "He is dealing with his family – but he will be involved on Saturday, because he wants to be involved. He's in a good shape and frame of mind." Julian Speroni is making "good progress" and is targeting a return to training within 7-10 days while Connor Wickham is "hopeful" of recovering from a rib injury in time for the trip to SW6.
Aug 27 - 12:07 PM

Marouane Chamakh could be out until 2016 after the Crystal Palace striker suffered a setback in training.

The 31 year-old was targeting a return after the international break having spent 3-months out but it now looks like a recurrence of a hamstring strain will keep the player out for the remainder of 2015. Only days ago Alan Pardew had claimed that new club doctor Zafar Iqbal would put an end to Chamakhs’ persistent problem after the Moroccan completed a 60-minute run-out for the development side. However the club are now fearing the worst and await the result of his latest scan. Palace face an attacking dilemma ahead of the trip to Chelsea in GW4 with Bamford [ineligible] and Bolasie [compassionate leave] plus Campbell and Wickham [both injured]. Dwight Gayle is pushing for his inclusion following a lively appearance from the bench against Villa while Bakary Sako should retain his place in the eleven after grabbing the winner just three minutes from time.
Aug 25 - 10:27 AM

Connor Wickham is expected to miss out again this weekend as the Eagles striker continues his recovery from a rib injury.

Recent signing Wickham enjoyed his first PL start for Crystal Palace during the home defeat to Arsenal but the £9m man missed game week three after taking a knee to the ribs at Selhurst Park "He tried to train on Wednesday but he just couldn’t take the pain. So we think he will probably miss Chelsea then he will be ok," confirmed Alan Pardew. Glenn Murray was handed his chance against Villa but the 31 year-old was hauled off half-time along with Wilfried Zaha after the pair were embroiled in a heated exchange during the moments leading up-to the interval. Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford will also miss the trip to Stamford Bridge under the terms of his agreement.
Source: London24
Aug 25 - 10:06 AM

Palace debutant Bakary Sako makes the headlines and wins the points against Villa, but it is old head Scott Dann that is the star of the show…

There’s talk that Palace will go back in for QPR striker Charlie Austin before the transfer window closes and he might be the final piece of the jigsaw. Glenn Murray was back leading the line after starting on the bench against Arsenal, but it is the midfield area where Palace really threaten. Jason Puncheon was impressive again, assisting the opener – only one Englishman (Jordan Henderson) has more PL assists since the start of last season. Another set-piece too, that’s 16 in Alan Pardew’s reign. So long as Puncheon is on set-piece duty he is a useful FL addition. Bakary Sako had more shots than any other player has managed this season (six, five on target) and got the winner. With center-back Scott Dann providing the assist – proving that last season’s four were no fluke – to add to his goal.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 24 - 3:37 AM

Yannick Bolasie was a late omission from the Crystal Palace squad on Saturday as the 26 year-old was given compassionate leave following the sudden death of his father.

Bolasie left for the DR Congo on Friday and could miss next weekends’ encounter at Stamford Bridge "I couldn't care less if he takes three weeks," said Pardew. "It's not easy losing your father. I lost my father." His absence handed a late call-up for Bakary Sako who took his chance and capped an excellent individual performance to score the winner against Aston Villa with only three minutes remaining. Sako recently signed from Championship side Wolves to increase competition in wide areas - Wilfried Zaha and Bolasie - although Pardew admitted that most of credit should go to chairman Steve Parish who persuaded him to take a chance on the winger when the club were initially in the market for a left-back.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 23 - 6:39 AM

Bakary Sako scored the game winning goal in Crystal Palace's 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

This match had a ton of drama late on as Scott Dann opened up the scoring in the 71st minute. Just minutes later, Pape Souare scored an own goal that equalized and it seemed like the game was headed for a 1-1 draw. It was in dramatic fashion that Bakary Sako scored in the 87th minute to give Palace a 2-1 lead over Villa. Sako earns them three valuable points and Palace now seem to be on track for a top 10 finish after earning six points from their first three matches.
Source: BBC
Aug 22 - 12:40 PM

Alex McCarthy will keep his place in the Palace goal but Alan Pardew did confirm that Julian Speroni "is not too far away" in his recovery from a nasty finger injury.

Speroni missed the two opening games but is believed to be in line for a return at the end of August when Palace travel to Stamford Bridge in GW4 although summer signing McCarthy has impressed and will be disappointed should he lose his place. Pardew also revealed that Wayne Hennessey will feature in the League Cup 3-days later. Marouane Chamakh has stepped up his recovery from a persistent hamstring complaint and will play for the under-21s next week although the striker is not expected to be available for first team duties until September. New signing Bakary Sako will be a part of the Eagles squad this weekend "I think he's ready" and the winger will provide an option from the bench as Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha work their way back to full fitness.
Aug 20 - 6:51 AM

Crystal Palace lose again to Arsenal, but no-one is panicking at Selhurst Park…

Palace have lost their last six matches against Arsenal, the last three by a 2-1 margin. But there is no need for panic at the Palace. Connor Wickham led the attack after Glenn Murray’s start at Norwich on the opening day, with Patrick Bamford on the bench – which leaves question marks as to Pardew’s preferred line-up. But he seems settled on Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon as his attacking midfield options. Neither have been spectacular points scorers (nine and seven so far) but their performances suggest they are worth persisting with. Puncheon’s set piece delivery is a dangerous weapon, going close to producing a late equalizer on a couple of occasions on Sunday. Joel Ward was the man, of course. He won’t score many this season – and none better – but is a solid and cheap choice going forward and defensively.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 17 - 3:33 PM

Alan Pardew has revealed that "it come take time" before Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie get up-to speed after missing a large chunk of pre-season due to injury.

Zaha had surgery to address a toe problem while Bolasie only returned to the first-team for the season opener at Norwich having missed the previous 3-weeks due to a hamstring complaint. Following the 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal Palace boss Pardew was quoted as saying that some of his "exuberant" attacking players were "not quite there yet physically" although they weren’t far away. However the Eagles boss did single out praise for new signings Yohan Cabaye, Connor Wickham and Alex McCarthy who "have been terrific." Palace take on Villa this weekend and could include Bakary Sako in the squad for the first time since his big money move from Wolves. The winger is working on increasing his fitness levels having stepped up to the PL for the first time in his career.
Source: London24
Aug 17 - 8:55 AM

Crystal Palace put up a strong fight but they couldn't prevent Arsenal leaving Selhurst Park with three points.

The Gunners went up early on an Olivier Giroud goal before Joel Ward's exceptional strike from distance after James McArthur laid it back to him to draw the score level. Unfortunately, the level score wouldn't last as Palace were guilty of poor defending as Alexis Sanchez shouldn't have been allowed to get a head to the ball that he headed toward the Palace goal. Damien Delaney deflected the ball past the keeper for the final tally and a 2-1 loss for the home side.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 16 - 10:39 AM

McCarthy; Ward, Dann Delaney, Souare; Zaha, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Bolasie; Wickham

Connor Wickham replaces Glenn Murray as Palace look to beat Arsenal in their home opener at Selhurst Park.
Source: Twitter
Aug 16 - 8:10 AM


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