Crystal Palace go in search of a third win in the space of a week when they travel to bottom side Watford on Saturday afternoon, but their injury situation is looking a little bleak ahead of the match.
The Eagles won at Burnley last weekend and then saw off Bournemouth with 10 men in midweek, so they are riding a crest of a wave as far as their form is concerned at the present time.
That is impressive enough on its own, but when you consider that Palace have significant injury issues at the minute, it is all the more remarkable that they are able to pick up such positive results.
It does not sound as though their fitness troubles are behind them just yet, indeed they have gotten worse with the news that Max Meyer will miss the Eagles trip across London with illness.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson spoke to the media on Thursday, and gave an update on the status of his midfielder, and his prognosis of featuring in the game.
“Max Meyer is sick, he has been sick now for the whole week so I doubt if he’ll recover tomorrow.” The Eagles official website quotes him as saying.
Palace have been missing a number of defenders in recent weeks, and with Patrick van Aanholt picking up an injury in midweek and Mamadou Sakho suspended after his red card in that game, the back line issues are getting complicated for Hodgson.
“We won’t know until tomorrow [Friday]. It’s two days after the game but I’m hopeful we’ll recover at least one of the guys who wasn’t able to play this time. It’s very necessary with Mamadou Sakho being out of the game.
“I’m more concerned about injuries to Ward and Van Aanholt because of the shifting around players [their injuries require]. At centre-back, even when we lose so many as we did on Tuesday, Cheikhou Kouyate goes there as he does so often for Senegal. He’s more than capable – we use him in midfield but that’s not to say he’s not a very competent centre-back.
“With Ward, when it happened they threatened me with two months [out] and that was two weeks ago. There’s plenty of time in that if the suggestion or prognosis is correct. There’s no timescale on Van Aanholt at the moment – it’s far too fresh, the injury. We had it scanned so we know there’s a hamstring strain there but there’s no timescale.”
Crystal Palace head into the match in seventh place in the Premier League table, but a win would move them up to fifth for a few hours at least, which would be some achievement with all their defensive injuries.