Crystal Palace will be without midfielder James McArthur for a further six weeks, according to The Athletic‘s Matt Woosnam.
Scans revealed that the 34-year-old had suffered a torn hamstring in the victory over Wolves at the beginning of this month, and having sat out the 3-3 draw with Burnley last weekend, he could now miss Palace’s next nine Premier League matches.
If the timeline is accurate, he could be in line to return for the Eagles’ trip to their arch-rivals Brighton on 14 January.
How big a blow is McArthur’s absence?
Prior to the injury, McArthur had started every Premier League game under new Eagles boss Patrick Vieira.
If you go by WhoScored‘s rankings, he’d been Palace’s third-best player behind Conor Gallagher and Christian Benteke. The Scotsman was averaging 2.4 accurate long balls (fourth in the club’s ranks), 2.3 tackles (third) and 1.2 interceptions (fourth) per 90 minutes, highlighting his importance to the team and how big a loss he will be during a busy period of the season.
Woosnam revealed the news on his personal Twitter profile, and here’s what these Palace supporters had to say, with one describing it as a “devastating” blow to the team.
Crystal Palace lament McArthur injury
“Jimmy Mac will be a huge miss as we don’t have another player with his engine that can cover so much ground”
“6 weeks! Oh dear we are really going to miss him”
“We better start scoring even more then. Cos we’ll be shipping em in now!”
“Devastating news, he has been our rock”
“Absolutely gutted, why is it always us”
“Didn’t need this on a Tuesday morning”
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