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Crystal Palace: Eagles’ defence cannot afford to crumble in James Tomkins’ absence

Crystal Palace: Eagles’ defence cannot afford to crumble in James Tomkins’ absence - Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace could be without central defender James Tomkins for a while following the hamstring injury he picked up in the 3-1 defeat to Everton.

The 30-year-old was forced off during the encounter at Goodison Park, and Roy Hodgson has since confirmed that he could be out for a few weeks.

“Hamstring injuries normally take weeks rather than days but we won’t know how bad the news is until he’s had the scan. It is a shame to lose him,” the Palace boss was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.

Losing Tomkins is a blow; he has been solid at the back for the south London club this season. According to WhoScored, he has won 3.3 aerial duels per game, the third highest in the squad, and made 0.8 blocks per game, the second highest in the squad.

Palace, however, cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves and crumble in the former West Ham man’s absence. In this moment of time, the team’s defence is the only thing keeping the side afloat.

Offensively, the Eagles have struggled this term. They are the lowest-scoring outfit in the Premier League with just 23 goals.

Defensively, on the other hand, they have performed much better, conceding 32 goals. To put that into perspective, that is two fewer than Chelsea, who are currently occupying a Champions League spot.

Furthermore, with a faltering attack, Palace cannot allow their defence to follow suit and must find a way to survive without Tomkins.

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