Crystal Palace supporters have been pretty upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side end 2017 by drawing 0-0 with Premier League leaders Manchester City at Selhurst Park on New Year’s Eve.
Roy Hodgson’s men went into their clash with the Citizens off the back of losing 3-2 at home to Arsenal a few days earlier, which was their first defeat in the league since going down 1-0 to Tottenham back on November 5. And the Eagles produced a fine effort to thwart Pep Guardiola’s side in their quest for a 19th successive league win last weekend, and actually could have became the first team to defeat City in the Premier League this season had Ederson not saved Luka Milivojevic’s penalty in the last knockings.
Nonetheless, there have been many delighted Palace fans in the Tavern in recent times, although they are likely to be frustrated by a recent report from The Guardian, which details some bad news ahead of the rest of the campaign regarding the fitness of Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon.
Centre-back Dann was forced off in the first half of Sunday’s stalemate following a collision with City’s Kevin De Bruyne, while club captain Puncheon cynically hacked down the Belgian star in the final few minutes at Selhurst Park, prompting both to be replaced.
And recent reports suggest that the Eagles duo could face the rest of the season on the sidelines, as the London club are reportedly concerned that both men have suffered knee ligament damage in what could well be a huge blow to the relegation-threatened side.
And with Dann having started 16 and Puncheon six of their 21 Premier League games this term, the Eagles face the prospect of missing two influential stars in the second half of the campaign in their quest to avoid the drop.
Landlord’s verdict: Crystal Palace received plenty of praise for their efforts in the 0-0 draw with Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday, but it may well have come at a cost.
Reports suggest that the Eagles are concerned that the injuries sustained to both Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon, injuries that came from fouling Kevin De Bruyne, could keep them out for the rest of the season.
And this news is sure to come as a huge blow to manager Roy Hodgson, who has seen his team lose just one of their last ten Premier League games, a run which has moved them out of the bottom three.
But the possibility of losing the influential duo of Dann and Puncheon for the rest of the campaign could well harm them in their bid to avoid the drop.
Palace fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!