Keith Millen has admitted that he can’t be sure if any of Palace’s injured trio of first-team players will be fit enough to face Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to the Croydon Advertiser earlier this week, Millen gave some context to the troubles Connor Wickham, Joe Ledley and Damien Delaney have been battling against in recent weeks, after being forced to take on Manchester City without any of them in our ranks.
Whilst Ledley’s injury was picked up during a training excercise with the Welsh national team, both Delaney and Wickham’s knocks were picked up in training at Beckenham, leaving them suffering with groin and rib problems respectively.
Wickham appears to have been sidelined from full training shortly after our win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, whilst Irishman Delaney’s groin strain is a far more recent development, but in both cases, it sounds as if the coaching staff are hopeful over their potential involvement at White Hart Lane.
For Pardew, their return to the fold would represent a major boost after seeing his side struggle to impose themselves from an attacking perspective against Manchester City last weekend. After deciding to use Yannick Bolasie in the lone striker’s role, there was a relatively lightweight feel to our forays into the final third, which Wickham would unquestionably improve should he be able to play against Pochettino and co.
Although Brede Hangeland did well enough when called upon last Saturday, Damien Delaney’s form in a Palace shirt has been astoundingly good in the last year or so, making him an obvious partner for Scott Dann at the heart of the Palace defence. Given the captain’s armband by Pardew thanks to the regular absence of Mile Jedinak from our starting XI, it goes without saying that he would be thrown straight back into the team, should he feel capable of lasting 90 minutes.
Hopefully we’ll see at least two of the aforementioned trio take part, but until the team’s are announced at 12:30 on Sunday, there’s little more we can do than cross our fingers.