Palace sweat over injured trio
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has revealed that three first-team regulars are injury doubts for Saturday's clash with Aston Villa.
The Eagles have endured a mixed few days, as they followed up their first league win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in 30 years with a penalty shoot-out defeat to League Two outfit Colchester in the Carabao Cup second round on Tuesday.
Hodgson chose to rotate his starting XI for the cup clash at Selhurst Park, but a number of fringe players failed to seize their opportunity in the first-team.
The majority of the changes made by Hodgson were done through choice, although he revealed after the cup exit that Jeffrey Schlupp, Joel Ward and Patrick van Aanholt all missed the contest through injury and must now be considered major doubts for this weekend’s Premier League clash with Villa.
“I believe the team we put out would have been capable of winning the game, and we gave one or two players a chance to show what they can do,” Hodgson told Football London.
“We had injuries to [Joel] Ward and [Jeffrey] Schlupp anyway, and we didn’t want to take a chance on them, with others still coming back.”
The potential prolonged absence of Ward and van Aanholt will be of particular concern to Palace, who have a lack of depth at full-back, as they failed to bring in anyone to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who joined Man United for a reported £50million during the summer, while they also released Pape Souare.
Youngster Sam Woods and the out of favour Jairo Riedewald played at full-back against Colchester to further emphasise Palace’s lack of depth at full-back and they will be hoping to have their injured players back as soon as possible.
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Saturday’s match against Villa will be followed by the first international break of the season, which should give Palace an opportunity to nurse their injured players back to full fitness.
The Eagles will then face a trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take on Spurs after the international break before they return to Selhurst Park for back-to-back home games against Wolves and Norwich.