In what was a short and sharp press conference ahead of Monday night’s game against Sunderland, Alan Pardew was able to break a great deal of good news to Palace fans everywhere.
Before touching on the impact Friday’s tragic events across Paris had on the French speaking members of our squad, the Eagles supremo moved onto far happier news, by confirming that both Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh will play a part in the game against Sam Allardyce’s side under the floodlights at Selhurst Park.
Whilst Wickham had made his return to first-team action in our victory over Liverpool prior to the international break, Chamakh’s return has been the subject of numerous extended deadlines, with many wondering if the Moroccan would ever pull on a red and blue shirt again.
Thankfully, after coming through an extended period of rehabilitation, it sounds as though the former Arsenal man is ready to go, with only Dwight Gayle and Bakary Sako left on the treatment table.
There was also some talk of the much-discussed US investment in the club from Josh Harris and David Blitzer, with Pardew giving his point of view on the news, both from his personal perspective and that of a supporter of the football club.
Uncharacteristcly, the entire thing lasts less than five minutes, which makes it perfect viewing for you over your Saturday morning cup of tea, coffee or whiskey depending on personal preference.
Far be it for us to get carried away, but on paper, the chances of us getting three points against Sunderland look as good as ever ahead of Monday night.
Let’s just hope we haven’t just placed a huge jinx on the whole thing by saying that.