Crystal Palace

Hugely unwelcome setback emerges for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace supporters have been pretty satisfied in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side edge another point closer to Premier League safety courtesy of a 1-1 draw with West Ham on Tuesday night.

Roy Hodgson’s men went into their clash at the London Stadium having lost just two of their preceding 13 league matches, a run of form which has moved them off the bottom of the division and up to the dizzy heights of 13th place. And the Eagles picked up another point in their battle to avoid the drop in East London on Tuesday, with Christian Benteke giving the Eagles the lead midway through the first half, only for Mark Noble to equalise for David Moyes’ Hammers just before half time to preserve a point.

Nonetheless, there have been many upbeat Palace fans in the Tavern in recent times, although they are unlikely to be thrilled by recent comments from Hodgson in his pre-Newcastle United press conference (via fitness expert Ben Dinnery on Twitter), which suggests that Bakary Sako is set to miss the rest of the season through injury.

The 29-year-old has been a regular feature in Hodgson’s side in recent times with ten appearances in their last 11 Premier League games, including three successive starts against Burnley, Arsenal, and West Ham.

However, the Mali international was hauled off after just 41 minutes against the Hammers on Tuesday night, and Palace manager Hodgson has confirmed the worst by admitting that Sako is unlikely to play again this season having ‘fractured his ankle’.

And this is likely to come as a huge setback to Hodgson and indeed the club’s supporters, who have also lost Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon to injury for the rest of the campaign, while Connor Wickhamn remains sidelined due to a knee problem.

Landlord’s verdict: Crystal Palace haven’t had much luck with injuries in recent times, with both Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon likely out for the rest of the season due to problems picked up during January.

And it looks like Bakary Sako will be joining them on the sidelines in the second half of the campaign, as manager Roy Hodgson admitted in his pre-Newcastle United press conference that the 29-year-old has ‘fractured his ankle’, and as such looks set to miss the remainder of the season.

And this news is sure to come as a hugely unwelcome setback for Hodgson, whose side are just three points clear of the bottom three heading into their crucial clash with Newcastle on Sunday, who sit a place and two points behind the Eagles in the table.

Crystal Palace fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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