Several key Crystal Palace players will miss the club’s upcoming fixtures due to injuries and suspension, putting extra pressure on the South London team. The Eagles need a convincing victory over Stoke City on Saturday to make it up with fans.
Yannick Bolasie and Bakary Sako are both injured and unlikely to play before February. Bolasie has whiplash following a car accident at the weekend and was already out of action since December with a ligament injury. Hamstring problems are hindering Sako’s progress with the Eagles. The 27-year-old player has been side-lined most of the season.
Manager Alan Pardew is also dealing with the suspension of Connor Wickham, after he elbowed Tottenham’s defender Jan Vertonghen on Saturday, when Palace lost 3-1. Wickham is facing a three-game suspension after being charged with violent conduct by the FA. He must reply by 6pm on Tuesday when the sanction takes effect.
Pardew is left with limited midfield options for the game against Stoke City on Saturday. A win is critical after a series of setbacks.
With the transfer window closing in, rumours are that Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner could make a move to Selhurst Park. Pardew admitted after Saturday’s defeat to Tottenham that both former Arsenal players are on his radar.
Good news is that the club’s defender Pape Souare extended his contract with Crystal Palace. Signing a new three-and-a-half year deal. The Senegalese defender joined the Eagles last year from the French side Lille LOSC and has performed well in all 33 games so far this season.
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