Eagles Handed Much Needed Defensive Lift

2 years ago

With ten games remaining in their battle to avoid the drop, Crystal Palace have been handed a timely fitness boost to help ease their injury crisis.

Roy Hodgson has recently stated that he’s never known an injury list as long during his time in management, with the Eagles’ squad decimated in recent weeks.

Palace, who are only out of the bottom three on goal difference, could be without no fewer than 10 first-team squad members for Monday’s game with Manchester United.

The likes of Wilfried Zaha, Bakary Sako, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho remain on the sidelines, as they prepare to take on Jose Mourinho’s men at Selhurst Park.

But Hodgson should be able to call upon Martin Kelly, after the former Liverpool man returned to training on Tuesday.

The Palace defender has missed the last three weeks with a hamstring injury, but Kelly should be fit enough to take his place in the matchday squad against United, who have lost their last two Premier League away games.

Hodgson should also be able to select James Tomkins on Monday, despite the ex-West Ham man limping out of the defeat to Tottenham due to cramp.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah will play no part against his parent club, so Damien Delaney could deputise after coming on as a late substitute in the Spurs game.

After an incredible run under Hodgson, which saw them lose just one of 12 Premier League games between late September and mid-January, the Eagles have been dragged back into the relegation scrap.

No wins in the last five has coincided with the major injury problems, as Palace face a tough run of fixtures in March. After Monday’s game, the Eagles travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea before a trip to Huddersfield and then a visit from Liverpool.