The Crystal Palace fans in the Transfer Tavern are loving life under Roy Hodgson. The Eagles were looking down and out before the arrival of the former England boss, and whilst his appointment was met with criticism in the Transfer Tavern, it’s fair to say that most fans are eating their words now.
Hodgson has overseen a period of dramatic change at Selhurst Park, and a season that looked likely to end in relegation now is, instead, looking set to be one of progression instead.
However, whilst the mood at Crystal Palace is currently one of joy, Hodgson has brought things crashing down to earth with his recent injury revelation. According to Hodgson – via the BBC – Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be out for an extended period of time – with his current ankle injury proving to be worse than first expected. Indeed, he is now said to be a doubt for the World Cup this summer – suggesting that his season could well and truly be over.
It’s a very worrying prospect for Crystal Palace, not least because he has been so crucial for them this term. In truth, he has arguably been their most impressive player going forward, and that’s a testament to his quality.
The fact that Loftus-Cheek isn’t returning to Chelsea, though, does suggest that he might be back before the end of the season, and so that is, at least, something to be hopeful about.
The blow has come at a bad time for Crystal Palace, with a plethora of tough games on the horizon. They’ve facing back-to-back London derbies against Arsenal and West Ham over the coming weeks, whilst games against Everton and Tottenham follow not long after.
This is bad news for everyone involved. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was likely dreaming of a World Cup role, and whilst he may be back in time for it, he’s not going to be able to turn Southgate’s head with a flurry of performances in the second-half of the season, and that’s a blow for him.
It’s also a blow for Palace, as they will struggle to create without him.
Let’s not forget, it’s also a big problem for Chelsea – who no doubt will have been delighted with his game time and progress at Selhurst Park so far this season.
It’s bad news all around, and Hodgson will be hoping for the best.
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