Crystal Palace wide man Lee Chung-Yong was forced off during the U21s development fixture against Bristol City on Tuesday afternoon.
On an afternoon that saw long-term absentee Connor Wickham return to action and summer signing Alex McCarthy start in goal, the South Korean international limped away from the field with an injury in just the 27th minute, much to his frustration.
Whilst hopes had been high for Lee when he first joined the club from Bolton Wanderers, he has since struggled to hold down a regular place in Alan Pardew’s first-team, thanks in no small part to the huge depth of quality that we possess across midfield.
Capable of playing on both flanks and in the number 10 role, “Chungy” as he is affectionately known, faces direct competition from the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie, Bakary Sako and Jason Puncheon for a place in the side, highlighting the difficulties he faces in cementing himself in Alan Pardew’s thoughts.
Ideally, yesterday’s injury will prove to be nothing more than a minor setback, but if the luck he’s had during his time in SE25 to date is anything to go by, you wouldn’t rule out the possibility of him being out of action for a few weeks at the very least.
Adored in his homeland, you would assume that Lee will look for assurances over his place in the squad in the not too distant future, not that a potential absence through injury will aid his case in pushing for a chance to impress at first-team level.
Should there be any further details released regarding the general fitness of Lee in the coming days, we’ll post an update on the site, but you can be pretty sure that he wouldn’t have been given a starting place against Liverpool on Saturday, regardless of his match readiness.
Let’s hope he’s back in contention sooner rather than later.