Player News - Crystal Palace

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is keen to submit a £10 million bid for Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle this summer.

The Crystal Palace striker could be tempted into a change of scenery this summer despite just signing a new four-year contract with the Eagles in April. The 25-year-old scored three goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season but didn't break into the first team much after turning down a move to Bristol City in the winter transfer window. Gayle has emerged as a top target for Benitez in the summer transfer window with players like Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend expected to move on.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 26 - 2:09 PM

Chris Coleman confirms Joe Ledley "should be OK" after he limped off against England this afternoon.

Ledley was starting for first time since breaking his fibula in May and there were concerns when the Wales midfielder went down under a challenge from Daniel Sturridge on the hour mark. Replays showed Ledley was caught on the calf and while he was cleared to continue following treatment, he made way for Dave Edwards minutes later. Post-match Coleman confirmed Ledley was replaced because "He had a bang," although the problem is not thought to be serious. "We think he’ll be alright. It wasn’t the first time in the game he had a whack on it, he should be okay." Wales need to win their final Group B game against Russia if they harbour hopes of progressing to the knockout phase.
Source: Wales Online
Jun 16 - 2:02 PM

Crystal Palace confirmed the club will not retain defenders Adrian Mariappa and Brede Hangeland once their contracts expire.

Reports suggest the Eagles have tendered a new offer to Mariappa, but the 29-year-old looks set to move on after making only two Premier League appearances over the course of the last year. However, a decision on his future will have to wait until after Copa America duty with Jamaica. Meanwhile, Hangeland will leave Selhurst Park following two seasons with the club, where he made seven Premier League starts this past season due to injuries along the back-line.
Jun 14 - 3:44 AM

Crystal Palace announced that Julian Speroni and Damien Delaney have signed new one-year contracts to remain at the club.

With the veteran duo's contracts set to expire this summer, the Eagles retained them through the end of the upcoming season. Speroni, 37, will now be able to break the club record for appearances as a goalkeeper after equalling the record with his 388th appearance in all competitions on the last day of the season as he enters his 13th year at the club. Delaney, meanwhile, looked set to leave after four seasons at the club but the 34-year-old was retained over Brede Hangeland and Adrian Mariappa, who each have expiring contracts.
Jun 14 - 3:40 AM

Crystal Palace suddenly got a lot younger thanks to the expiring contracts of Emmanuel Adebayor and Marouane Chamakh.

The club confirmed it won't be retaining the attacking duo this summer after a disappointing career in blue-and-red stripes for the former Arsenal pair. Adebayor joined the club in the winter transfer window as a free transfer following his release from Tottenham, scoring one Premier League goal in 11 appearances with the Eagles. Chamakh, meanwhile, has hardly produced in South London since arriving from the Gunners in the summer of 2013. The Moroccan international made 10 league appearances (nine of them as a substitute) but failed to score a goal.
Jun 13 - 4:22 AM

Wales and Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has his sights set on facing England next Thursday after missing yesterday’s win over Slovakia due to a back spasm.

"It just happens every so often, it’s quite common. It’s just one of those things, it’s a quick turnaround that you go from broken to mended in about 24 hours," revealed the 29-year-old. "I hope to be in contention because I always like playing against England. It’s a massive game and a massive occasion for us." His absence afforded Liverpool back-up stopper Danny Ward his first senior start having previously only appeared twice in friendly games totalling 88 minutes. Despite a shaky beginning to the Group B opener, Wales were lucky not to be 1-0 down thanks in the main to a fantastic goal bound clearance by James Chester, Hennessey grew into the match as Wales eked a narrow 2-1 win when substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scuffed Aaron Ramsey’s pass beyond the helpless Matus Kozacik with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Source: Goal.com
Jun 12 - 7:14 AM

Wayne Hennessey will not start for Wales today in their match with Slovakia as the first choice keeper had a back injury flare up in training.

A major blow for Wales as the experienced Hennessey will give way to Liverpool's Danny Ward, who has never started a game for the national team, having made just two appearances as a substitute in the past. Ward made his top flight debut with the Reds against AFC Bournemouth but he will be on an even bigger stage today. The extent of Hennessey's injury is not yet known, putting his availability for Matchday 2 against England in doubt.
Source: Daily Mirror
Jun 11 - 11:17 AM

Wales has been handed a major midfield boost on the injury front with Joe Allen and Joe Ledley back in training following a pair of injuries.

Wales manager Chris Coleman confirmed he will have a fully-fit squad to choose from, barring any last-minute injuries, for the team's opening match of the European championships against Slovakia on Saturday in Bordeaux. Allen missed close to the last two weeks due to a knock while forward Hal Robson-Kanu was another likely starter missed the weekend friendly loss to Sweden due to an Achilles problem. But the most surprising injury news comes from Ledley, as the Crystal Palace recovered from a fractured fibula suffered on May 7 that looked to ruin his summer plans.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 8 - 7:01 AM

Chris Coleman has named Joe Ledley in his 23-man Wales squad, just 24-days after the Crystal Palace midfielder suffered a fractured fibula in the Premier League.

Ledley joined his international teammates in a pre-tournament training camp in Portugal and even though he trained away from the main group, Coleman was sufficiently impressed to include the 29-year-old in his European Championship squad. "Joe looks very good," said Coleman. "He trained on the grass and the work he has put in is incredible and he looks good. With the injury he has had he is ahead of his work in his rehab. We will assess him and we will know more in the next week. But at the moment I think he has a good chance of playing against Slovakia."
Source: UEFA.com
May 31 - 4:51 PM

Chris Coleman is "optimistic" that Joe Ledley can recover from injury in time to play in the European Championships but admits: "It will be the biggest decision I am going to have to make."

The Crystal Palace midfielder fractured his fibula in a challenge with Charlie Adam earlier this month and is determined to prove his fitness before Coleman names his final 23-man squad on May 31. Ledley travelled with the Wales team to Portugal but will train away from the main group as he undertakes his own personalised rehabilitation programme. The 29-year-old is expected to miss tournament opener against Slovakia but hopes to face England on June 16, just 40-days after he was forced off at Selhurst Park. "It’s not going to be easy, but I spoke with him a few days ago and he was in a good mood. He is walking around unaided and that’s a good sign," said the Welsh manager.
Source: Wales Online
May 24 - 6:05 PM

Wilfried Zaha will play for Crystal Palace in their FA Cup final against his former club Manchester United after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Manchester United starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Rashford; Crystal Palace starting XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Zaha, Cabaye, McArthur, Jedinak, Bolasie; Wickham
Source: @manutd
May 21 - 12:33 PM

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew confirmed that Joe Ledley will be the only first-team absentee for the FA Cup final on Saturday.

However, the midfielder is still a hope for this summer's European championship with Wales after suffering a fracture in his leg. But Pardew did confirm that Bakary Sako has returned to training after missing the weekend's season finale against Southampton, meaning the club will have a full squad to take on Manchester United this weekend with Wilfried Zaha, Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham also back. Said Pardew ahead of the final: "Sako trained today, which gives us a full complement other than Joe Ledley. It's going to be a terrible shame to miss him, but everyone else is fit and well, and had a good week."
Source: Sky Sports
May 19 - 1:41 PM

Crystal Palace has been handed a massive fitness boost ahead of its biggest game of the season in the FA Cup final this weekend.

Both Connor Wickham and Yohan Cabaye trained with the club yesterday for the first time since picking up a pair of injuries that caused them to miss the season finale against Southampton on Sunday. Wickham has overcome an ankle injury but could face competition to start with Dwight Gayle in the mix, but Cabaye will surely be in the lineup if he has fully overcome a rib injury. The news comes after Wilfried Zaha passed himself fit earlier this week to face his former side in Manchester United in the final at Wembley Stadium with a spot in next year's Europa League on the line.
May 17 - 4:13 PM

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew confirmed that Wilfried Zaha will miss the season finale against Southampton on Sunday.

The winger has missed the last three weeks due to the hamstring injury after overcoming a shoulder injury that also limited him. With two goals and five assists in the Premier League this season, Zaha was awarded as the Crystal Palace Player of the Year at the club's banquet on Thursday night. But Pardew said the hope will be to have Zaha fit for the FA Cup final next weekend against Manchester United: "Wilf is not going to make Sunday’s fixture but whether he makes the cup final we’ll have to wait and see, but he’s better than he was. Everyone else looks OK – there’s probably one or two others that we need to protect in this fixture but we’re hoping we get a good run to the cup final."
May 13 - 1:08 PM

Further tests have revealed Joe Ledley suffered a fractured fibula against Stoke last weekend. The 29-year-old Welshman will now miss the FA Cup final on May 21 and is a massive doubt for Euro 2016.

Ledley limped off following a challenge with Charlie Adam after just 11 minutes of his introduction on Saturday. Speaking after the game, Alan Pardew provided a quick update: "Joe is a little bit more of a worry, but he's a strong boy," although he fully expected him to be fine for the Wembley showdown: "My experience of a cup final is three days before 'everybody is fit' and I expect Joe to be fit." On Tuesday, Ledley was included in a 29-man provisional Euro 2016 squad for a Wales training camp, but this news looks to have scuppered those plans. While not impossible, his appearance at the Championships in France remains a major doubt.
Source: Daily Star
May 11 - 5:32 AM


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