Roy Hodgson has revealed that with Crystal Palace’s injury problems, he will have to include all of his fit players, rather than having a choice.
The Palace boss summing it up when saying ‘Our injury situation is unusual’.
Roy Hodgson is especially surprised at how many muscle injuries have impacted on his side.
The in-form Bakary Sako has added to his problems when forced off at West Ham in midweek, Hodgson now revealing that it is a fractured ankle with also damaged ligaments around it.
At his Friday press conference, Roy Hodgson points out that Palace are in a much better position now than when they had only three points after Newcastle beat them in October.
However, even though they are now 13th, Palace are only three points off second bottom and the Palace boss says ‘Foolish to think our problems are at an end’.
Let’s hope Newcastle have added to those problems by just after 4pm on Sunday.
“Things are different from when we last met Newcastle.
“We were so far divorced from safety at that stage and now we aren’t.
“Foolish to think our problems are at an end, we’ve just given ourselves a chance.
“To concede that late header last time was a major blow. We lost a point and gave Newcastle all three.
“Expecting a tight game.
“Our injury situation is unusual. A lot of clubs can get a number of muscle injuries, but we’re in a situation where we’ve lost five for the season and Benteke, Zaha, and Sakho all spent at least 6 weeks out earlier in the season.
“Baky’s injury is a very serious one. He’s fractured his ankle and damaged ligaments around it. He certainly won’t play again this season and may be a doubt to be fit for the start of next.
“We had 18 players plus Damien Delaney for West Ham and will have the same situation for Newcastle, with Sørloth replacing Sako.
“We hope Alexander Sørloth is going to be very good, of course. He was a target for the whole window, so we’re happy we managed to persuade him to join. Even more important now with the Sako injury.
“He was our first choice striker target and will likely be in the squad Sunday. He’s lacking a bit of match sharpness, but is naturally fit and isn’t far off the others.
“We watched Sørloth a lot. We knew what we were signing. He’ll need a little bit of time to adjust, he’s not played competitively since November, but we have a two week break coming up where he can get his feet under the table.”