Player News - Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace continued to limp their way to the finish line with a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.

The Eagles, who had designs on a Europa League spot during the first half of the season, have won just once since a week before Christmas in league play. They looked the better bet to score in the first half today, with Yannick Bolasie causing problems for the Magpies, but could not take advantage of their possession. Yohan Cabaye had a shot from short range but it was from a narrow angle and was saved by Karl Darlow. The two would lock horns again in the second half when it looked as though Palace were set to equalize with a penalty. They had converted every penalty they were given this season, but Cabaye's effort was poor and Darlow made the stop. At this point, the Eagles should feel fortunate the season is not a couple of games longer, or they would be staring at one of the most disastrous collapses in league history. Certainly, changes are in order this summer.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:18 PM

Crystal Palace will wait on the fitness of winger Wilfried Zaha ahead of the weekend match against a fellow relegation candidate in Newcastle.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew said Zaha has a 50 percent chance of being available after picking up the injury following the club's FA Cup semifinal win against Watford over the weekend. Said Pardew before his first trip back to Newcastle since leaving the club last year: "We have a slight concern over Zaha," said Pardew. "Other than that, everybody else is fit and well. In Wilf's case we're just going to have to monitor him over the next 48 hours, he has a slight injury." If Zaha can't go, Pardew could opt for the steady presence of Joe Ledley, which would push Jason Puncheon to the wing, or another winger in Bakary Sako.
Apr 28 - 4:12 PM

Crystal Palace will be relieved have all of its usual starters available to face Watford in the FA Cup semifinals on Sunday.

Manager Alan Pardew confirmed that winger Yannick Bolasie and defenders Scott Dann and Joel Ward will all be in contention to start against Watford after missing Wednesday's loss to Manchester United due to various knocks sustained last weekend against Arsenal. The squad was so depleted against the Red Devils that Pardew made seven changes to the starting lineup from the Arsenal draw. But the move were suited to getting the club back to full strength before what is undoubtedly the biggest game of the season for the club at Wembley.
Apr 23 - 12:32 PM

Crystal Palace's latest winless streak was extended to three Premier League matches following a 2-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Just nine points ahead of Sunderland, who has two games in hand, Crystal Palace was not in the position to just give away goals. But Damien Delaney cleared Matteo Darmian's low cross into the back of the net past Julian Speroni, starting in place of Wayne Hennessey, for the opening goal. Darmian then added a second goal in the second half from distance to bury a second-team Palace side. Alan Pardew made seven changes to the starting XI from the weekend with the upcoming FA Cup semifinal against Watford in mind.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 20 - 5:22 PM

Crystal Palace will have midfielder James McArthur back for a critical stretch of the season after the midfielder recovered from an ankle injury.

Initially, it appeared as though McArthur would miss the remainder of the season after tearing ankle ligaments at the beginning of February. But McArthur has been named on the bench against Manchester United ahead of the weekend FA Cup semifinal against Watford at Wembley Stadium. Manager Alan Pardew said the club will hope to see the Scottish international come in as a substitute on Wednesday in order to prove his fitness: "He's been a real miss for us; his energy, his experience and his quality, so really good news for us for these remaining four games."
Apr 20 - 2:44 PM

Crystal Palace will be without four of its weekend starters for Wednesday's Premier League fixture against Manchester United.

Manager Alan Pardew revealed that winger Yannick Bolasie, who scored the equalizing goal against Arsenal for a critical point this weekend, will miss the run-in due to a knock while Joe Ledley will follow suit after starting this weekend in place of Wilfried Zaha. The Palace manager also confirmed that Joel Ward and Scott Dann will be absent for tomorrow's match due to injuries sustained over the weekend in the hopes of being available to face Watford in the FA Cup semfinals this weekend. Jordon Mutch and Lee Chung-Yong could be in for a recall to the starting XI while the club could also opt for two strikers in Connor Wickham and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Apr 19 - 1:23 PM

Crystal Palace will have a difficult time dealing with Manchester United on Wednesday following the news that Scott Dann and Joel Ward are injured.

Manager Alan Pardew confirmed that news in his pre-match press conference as the club looks to have a fully fit squad to face Watford in the FA Cup semifinals this weekend. Ward will be missing due to a knock sustained in the club's 1-1 draw with Arsenal over the weekend. Meanwhile, despite claiming he was fit to play, Dann will miss the midweek clash after he picked up a foot injury in the first half against the Gunners, which he played through. Without the defenders, Martin Kelly will surely start at right-back while Adrian Mariappa is likely to get the call at center-back alongside Damien Delaney.
Apr 19 - 1:16 PM

Crystal Palace clawed back from a 1-0 away deficit against a formidable Arsenal attack for a 1-1 draw at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles need just eight points from five remaining matches to clinch their survival after taking such a critical point from Arsenal. The Palace defense held strong despite 21 shots from the Gunners. But the one moment of weakness came when a limping Scott Dann failed to clear the ball in stoppage time of the first half before Alexis Sanchez dispatched a header into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. But the home side couldn't put the game away before Yannick Bolasie surprised Petr Cech with a daisy-cutter from outside of the box after Emmanuel Adebayor fed the winger off a counter-attack to seal the draw.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 17 - 1:16 PM

Crystal Palace will find Dwight Gayle on the training table once again this season after the forward sustained a glute/hip injury.

Along with a minor shoulder injury to Wilfried Zaha, the forward sustained the injury after getting the start in Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Everton amid reports that he has signed a new contract with the club. Manager Alan Pardew suggested that the hope is Gayle could use this week to recover and be fit for next weekend's FA Cup semifinal with Watford: "No, Dwight Gayle won't make this game (Arsenal). I don't actually think he'll make Man United, but a possibility for the semi-final, probably." That means Connor Wickham is likely to start while Emmanuel Adebayor or Bakary Sako could also get a look at leading the formation.
Apr 15 - 1:33 PM

Wayne Hennessey picked up his second consecutive clean sheet as did members of the Crystal Palace defense earning a nil-nil draw with Everton after a 1-0 over Norwich City at the weekend.

Fantasy managers may have focused on defenders like Scott Dann but would be excused for overlooking Hennessey based on a miserable 2016 to date. For those who picked the Palace keeper for the Eagles' two-match Week 33 schedule, there was a big reward as Hennessey picked up his second consecutive clean sheet to go along with five saves against the Toffees. Big weekend for Hennessey and his Palace teammates who are all but assured safety after four points over the two matches.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 13 - 5:12 PM

James McArthur is closing in on a return to action and the Palace midfielder could be back before the FA Cup semi-final on April 24.

When McArthur damaged ankle ligaments back in February, the player posted a social media update suggesting his season was over. But on Tuesday, Alan Pardew revealed the 28-year-old is back with the first team: "McArthur is very close, he’s trained with us now. If all goes well he could feature at Man United." The Eagles boss was speaking ahead of his sides’ midweek Premier League clash with Everton. He also confirmed Emmanuel Adebayor has been passed fit and will be added to the squad. Meanwhile, Connor Wickham could make his first start in more than six weeks following his appearance from the bench on Saturday.
Source: London 24
Apr 12 - 4:51 PM

The wicked streak of 2016 is dead: Crystal Palace won its first game of the year in a 1-0 victory against Norwich City at Selhurst Park.

The infamous streak had reached 14 Premier League games after last week's 2-2 draw with West Ham, a Premier League streak that dated back to December 19. But Jason Puncheon's 68th-minute goal ended all of that ahead of a huge month for the club with a relegation fight and an FA Cup semifinal match against Watford at Wembley. The midfielder, who recently returned from injury, took a pass from Joel Ward outside of the box, cut in onto his left and struck a dipping shot into the far corner of the net for his first Premier League goal of the season. The win brings the Eagles 10 points clear of the final relegation spot with Sunderland two games behind.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 9 - 12:11 PM

Alan Pardew confirms: "Good news on the injury front, apart from James McArthur and Brede Hangeland. We’re all fit."

McArthur (ankle ligaments) has been sidelined for the last two months but the midfielder is hoping to return to action within three weeks. There are no further details on the Hangeland injury. The big Norwegian last appeared in the squad as a substitute back in February but hasn’t had any game time since December. Emmanuel Adebayor will face a late fitness test after picking up an injury while on international duty. If he does miss out, then the 32-year-old is "likely" to be available for Wednesday. Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham have been passed fit but the latter is expected to start on the bench due to concerns over his fitness – striking responsibilities will be handed to Dwight Gayle who impressed from the bench at West Ham.
Source: Daily Star
Apr 7 - 10:43 AM

James McArthur has made a remarkable recovery from ligament damage in his ankle and is set to return in the coming weeks.

The Crystal Palace holding midfielder was initially ruled out for the season after suffering the ankle injury against Bournemouth back in Week 24 at the beginning of February as even McArthur himself admitted his season looked to be over. However, manager Alan Pardew said the Scottish international has not suffered any setbacks and is on track to return for the club's FA Cup semifinal against Watford on April 24 at Wembley Stadium. McArthur had started every Premier League match but one before the injury. In the meantime, Mile Jedinak and Joe Ledley have filled in alongside Yohan Cabaye.
Apr 6 - 1:04 PM

Alan Pardew confirms Emmanuel Adebayor, Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham "should" be back for the visit of Norwich on Saturday.

Adebayor suffered a knock while on international duty with Togo and despite posting a social media update saying his initial scan was clear, the striker was not risked at West Ham. Meanwhile, Cabaye picked up an unspecified injury in training with France and the midfielder hadn’t recovered sufficiently to be considered in game week thirty-two. Connor Wickham began light training last Thursday after missing more than a month due to a thigh strain and the clubs joint top scorer could return to the bench. James McArthur and Marouane Chamakh are hoping to be back later this month.
Source: London 24
Apr 6 - 10:40 AM


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