Interviewed after the depressing result and performance against Fulham, John Carver was asked for a Debuchyy and Remy injury update.
The thought of playing without Loic Remy is obviously the most depressing having witnessed the feeble efforts of Cisse, De Jong and Shola at Craven Cottage.
Both players returned from international duty against Holland with injuries; Debuchy a groin problem and Remy with a knock to his calf.
“We think Loic is out for two to three weeks and Mathieu three to four weeks, so we have the next three or four games where they’re likely to be missing and these guys (rest of squad) have to step up.
“I feel a little bit sorry for Papisse as he had two shots and the keeper made two very good saves, on another day he would have got the goal he deserved.”
On Saturday, as well as Remy’s striking power we also missed Debuchy’s contribution going forward, as well as his defensive ability, plus of course he has a habit of getting stuck in which can galvanise the rest of the team – something we could have definitely done with at Fulham.
The next three games are palace, Everton and Southampton with the last of those only 12 days away now, so little hope of any return for that.
Manchester United at home is 19 days away which would also look unlikely given what John Carver had to say, so Stoke away on April 12, just under four weeks from now, would look maybe the earliest realistic return date for at least Loic Remy and hopefully Debuchy as well.
Only four matches remain after that, so hopefully we will have a bit of joy up front before the season closes and no doubt Remy heads off.