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.

Roy Hodgson:

“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.”



  • Rich Lawson

    Ffs can we just attack them from the start for a change,Kennedy to Gayle (who might have something to prove against his old club) with some support in the box (not Joselu). Man Utd next, we need 3 points here.

    • Clarko

      *Kenedy

      • Rich Lawson

        Still killing me on the spelling and punctuation then ! Which I accept,but tell me what you think of my suggestion as well please ?

    • Peter Stabler

      I think he will pick our quick players and sit deep, the two boys up top trying to pinch the ball and break in numbers when they do get a foot in – we can do that well, we just need to finish when it works.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Were set up to play better away from home…..our better performances have been away from home….

      • Peaky Magpie

        You’re right but tbh it was even like that last season in the EFL..

        • Kneebotherm8

          Aye,you’re right there.

  • Peaky Magpie

    I like Roy,one of the more gracious managers in the PL….but we need to win..

    • Pozz Mozz

      Roy replaced Rafa at Liverpool and boy was he great