Crystal Palace will discover the extent of Christian Benteke’s injury today, after the Belgian was sent for a scan over the weekend.
Having fallen to the ground without an opposition player close to him at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday, Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff believe that he damaged his ligaments; an issue which almost always leads to a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
Much has been made of Christian’s apparent lack of effort at the head of the Eagles’ side in the opening weeks of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign but if the big man has in fact been carrying a knock for most of if not all of the season to date, it would explain a great deal about the lethargic manner of his performances.
In an ideal world, Benteke would have been given a week or two out of the firing line earlier on but with no feasible replacement for him across our entire first-team squad, successive managers have been left with no option other than to play him week in, week out.
It was much the same last season following the injury sustained by Connor Wickham, with no one other than Christian and the much maligned Fraizer Campbell available to lead the line between November and May. Keeping that in mind, you would think that someone behind the scenes would have pressed ahead with an attacking signing or two in the transfer window but inexplicably, we find ourselves being forced to come to terms with the fact that former Margate striker Freddie Ladapo is currently the only fit out-and-out frontman left in our first-team squad.
I have no idea if Hodgson is a religious man but I wouldn’t bet against him having offered up one or two prayers over the fitness of Christian Benteke on Sunday.
We live in hope.
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