If you’ve kept in touch with Crystal Palace’s pre-season campaign, you’ll know we’re suffering our fair share of injuries, but how do we match up in comparison to the rest of the Premier League.
Whilst new signing James Tomkins’ injury setback at the start of the summer has been kept relatively low-key by those inside the club, Fraizer Campbell’s knock has sent large swathes of the Palace faithful into meltdown, given the fact that it leaves Connor Wickham as the club’s only fit first-team striker ahead of the visit of West Brom this Saturday.
Of course, there’s a chance that we will end up bringing in a new signing or two before the curtain raiser kicks off at Selhurst Park, but given the specific set of circumstances we find ourselves navigating as a football club at this moment in time, every 50-50 Wickham went in for against Valencia will have raised Alan Pardew’s pulse by a beat or two.
As anyone who watches football regularly will admit, it’s very rare for a side to revolve heavily around an unchanged XI for the majority of a league season, given the frequency with which niggling injuries are picked up in the pressure cooker that is the Premier League from week to week. Indeed, Leicester City can put a large chunk of last season’s success down to the fact that they suffered very few injuries throughout the nine-month campaign, allowing Claudio Ranieri to lay foundations for an ever-present spine running through the Foxes tactical set-up.
Predictably ahead of our meeting with Tony Pulis’ Baggies, your eyes are likely to be drawn to where they sit in the league table, buoyed by hopes that another summer of mountain runs and blood-curdling screams from the maniacal Welshman will have had an adverse effect on their general health, but much like Liverpool, their placing in the league of injuries is likely to shock you.