Two More Sidelined Following Brighton
Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp both left the Amex Stadium last night on crutches following injuries hitting once again.
Having exited the FA Cup to Brighton in the game, both players were substituted in the first half and Hodgson told Crystal Palace FC that, rightly, he was incredibly concerned about our growing injury list.
'We entered the game with seven players out injured and we were being concerned about our future in the league not to lose any more, so to have two players leave the ground on crutches who have been playing regularly for the last couple of months is the bitterest blow. It`s always a blow to lose a game of football, especially when we played better than we had in the first half, but I`d swap virtually any result to make sure that we had Schlupp, Townsend and a few other players available to play in the Premier League games coming up.'
Hodgson went on to say of the injuries that although scans are being waiting on and a full assessment, his initial feeling is they are more than just simple knocks.
'Townsend left on crutches and Schlupp left in a surgical boot, and in my experience that tells me it`s not a good sign. Townsend hurt his ankle in the first half and he carried on playing but got taken off at half-time, and Schlupp and Izzy Brown had an enormous collision right in the early part of the game. It was a fair and brave challenge but it`s cost both of them their chance of playing in the next few weeks.'
With players dropping like flies, the fact the January transfer window is open takes on even more precedence now and he probably needs more bodies than originally discussed.
'We`ve been talking about strengthening our squad since two or three weeks into my time at the club, so nothing`s changed. We`ve been waiting for the window to fulfil our wishes in strengthening our squad, and that`s become more vitally important with the number of injuries we`ve suffered. You could argue that if we said we wanted three or four, we should now be looking at six or seven because we`ve lost two players for the rest of this season and probably the start of next, and we`ve got some others who are a month or so away from being able to play.'
'I don`t think we`re going to get that but logically you can argue it, so our initial thoughts on strengthening have become more important. I`m waiting with bated breath to see who comes through the door so I can get the chance to start working with them.'