Palace Set To Receive Pivotal Injury News This Morning

0 Posted by - September 25, 2017 - News

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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9 Comments

  • Tony Jones September 25, 2017 - 8:53 am Reply

    Clearly a cock-up not signing at least one striker in the windows, not just as back-up for the hapless Benteke, but as replacements. He has been massively disappointing. We would not be the first team to play without an out and out striker, play six in mid-field, it’s not as though we have been banging in the goals playing a lampost up front.

  • Richard C September 25, 2017 - 9:12 am Reply

    If Ladapo is not good enough to get in the side now then it does make you wonder why we signed him in the first place. I do not prescribe to the, he will get better with age philosophy. You are either good enough or you are not.

    Give him a go with RLC tucked in behind him and Jairo and Luka behind RLC. Townsend right, Sako or Schlupp left.

    • admin September 25, 2017 - 9:14 am Reply

      He’s well beyond being a teenager too…

  • Pardewispants September 25, 2017 - 9:24 am Reply

    Good point Richard

  • Pardewispants September 25, 2017 - 9:26 am Reply

    Although Townsend has more assists and goals from left mid
    The cut in from right onto left looping cross which he keeps doing s too easy too defend against
    That’s why Sam put him left and zaha right

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 25, 2017 - 10:00 am Reply

    Everyone wants to see either academy players or non-league players make the step up but it seems that Lapado hasn’t impressed the 4 managers he has played under.

    From the limited amount i have seen from friendlies he seems like he can hold the ball up but can’t finish. Akin to Cameron Jerome when he was here. I said yesterday that this shows the decision makers did not learn the lesson from Souare about how detrimental poor squad planning is to the club.

    I would go with

    – Speroni –
    TFM – Dann – Sakho – PVA
    – Luka – Riedewald –
    Townsend – McArthur – RLC
    – Schlupp –

    Not an ideal line-up but a physical one that could grind out a draw

  • TonyN September 25, 2017 - 11:37 am Reply

    Personally I am thinking there are strikers without a club that we could get even if it is only for the rest of the season. Even Rickie Lambert who is way to old to give more than 6 months to would at least give us a player who gets the odd goal at Prem level. If we are really not going to give the youngsters a chance then we have to think about goals and cover that we can get now not in Jan.

  • Pardewispants September 25, 2017 - 2:27 pm Reply

    Haha I don’t get the Townsend right thing proved under Sam he can’t play there his crossing is awful run stop cut in stop looping straight ball oppo now have ball and counter attack JUST STOP
    Schlupp up front dear god does anyone actually watch the games or is this a Brighton site lol

  • solpadeine September 26, 2017 - 7:28 pm Reply

    We should go 4-4-2 with Dann & Delaney up front.

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