Hodgson: Injury crisis is the worst I’ve faced as Palace manager

Roy Hodgson (photo: Richard Blaxall)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has described the club’s injury crisis as the worst since he’s been at the helm.

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle, the Eagles have six first-teamers sidelined through injury and Mamadou Sakho is suspended.

“I am sure that there have been bad ones in the past,” Hodgson told reporters. “I am sure that I have lived through it and dealt with it because that is what you have to do, but certainly it is the worst since I have been here at Crystal Palace.”

Left-back Patrick van Aanholt could give Palace a lift by returning from his hamstring strain after training this week. However, centre half Scott Dann is a doubt after sustaining a knock in training.

Hodgson said: “Patrick Van Aanholt has started training with us again so that is very positive.

“We will see if he can play tomorrow, but if he can that will be a major boost because that will be a problem position for us during the time he has been out with injury.

“We suffered a setback in training this morning with Scott Dann who is going to have a scan this afternoon. I can remain hopeful that that won’t show anything and it might just be a little scare that you get sometimes in training sessions.

“If Scott can’t make it then it has been worsened and of course our problem is that all the injuries are occurring in the same area of the field.”

Jairo Riedewald sustained a hip injury against Brighton and won’t feature at St James’ Park. Midfielders Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp, plus defenders Joel Ward and Gary Cahill are still sidelined.

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