It’s been another extremely busy day in the world of Crystal Palace FC, with eight articles covering it all attached below for you to browse through. There’s a couple of pieces relating to loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who hobbled off partway through England’s game against Brazil last night, a line on the potential departure of James McArthur in the summer and good news regarding the fitness of a certain Christian Benteke ahead of this weekend’s clash with Everton at Selhurst Park.
Elsewhere, we have reaction to Palace legend Mile Jedinak bagging a show-stopping hat-trick to send Australia to the World Cup after a 3-1 play-off victory over Honduras and an extremely insightful interview with Palace boss Roy Hodgson on his plan to save the club from relegation between now and May. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say it’s the most open the gaffer has been with the press since stepping into Frank de Boer’s shoes, with the resulting quotes well worth a few minutes of your time.
Partway through the opening 45 minutes of England’s friendly against Brazil at Wembley last night, Ruben Loftus-Cheek was taken off with a knock, casting doubt over his involvement in Palace’s clash with Everton at Selhurst Park this weekend.
International breaks are notoriously slow times for the national sporting press, meaning that transfer rumours often get a decent airing whenever domestic matches are suspended. One particular line that is currently doing the rounds concerns Palace’s James McArthur and a possible move to Rangers.
After seeing Ruben Loftus-Cheek hobble off after 35 minutes against Brazil at Wembley last night, ITV pundit Ryan Giggs questioned whether or not the 21-year-old has the stamina to play regularly.
Having been without him since mid-September, it looks as though Christian Benteke may be in line to make a full return to the Palace first-team for the visit of Everton this weekend.
After having to take him out of the firing line after just 35 minutes of England’s 0-0 draw with Brazil at Wembley last night, Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has insisted that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be afforded time to develop within the international set-up.
We’re now just a few days away from the resumption of Premier League football, prompting Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson to give a surprisingly detailed interview to The Evening Standard about his plans to drag the club away from the immediate threat of relegation.
He may no longer be on the books at Crystal Palace but former club captain Mile Jedinak retains cult status amongst the Eagles’ faithful, with his performance in Australia’s World Cup play-off against Honduras earlier today only adding further to his reputation.