Palace midfielder Jonny Williams is facing another prolonged spell on the sidelines after undergoing shoulder surgery following an injury sustained whilst on loan at Sunderland.
Taking to his Instagram account following the operation, the Palace academy graduate described the setback as “the toughest he’s ever had to take”, which is understandable given the circumstances surrounding what is likely to be another substantial period of time spent on the treatment table.
Given the 24-year-old’s desire to one day return to the Palace first-team set-up, the bad luck he’s been forced to endure with injuries over the years is genuinely heartbreaking to see. Whilst it’s never nice to see any player pick up injuries regularly, the incredible potential that exists within Jonny’s game has left many Palace fans wondering what might have been if he’d got a few more lucky breaks over the years.
Adored by the likes of Dougie Freedman and Ian Holloway, the Wales international had shown flashes of brilliance in his early days at Selhurst Park before a horror leg-break set him back a year or two. Since then, he’s shone for Ipswich Town over two separate loan spells and now finds himself up at Sunderland on a temporary basis where the plan had been for him to get a decent run of games and prove that he was ready to be considered for a return to SE25.
The arrival of Chris Coleman, (Jonny’s former international boss) at The Stadium of Light will have been a huge boost to his confidence, making this latest shoulder injury all the more frustrating for both the player and manager. If anyone knows what Williams can bring to a side, it’s Coleman, meaning that he’s almost certain to use him regularly once he does recover.
I just hope that Jonny can come back from this strongly and prove, both to himself and those watching on from afar, that he’s not incapable of putting together a run of 20 or 30 games in professional football. The talent is unquestionably there, all that’s missing is a little overdue luck with injuries and a manager who trusts in his ability to dictate play in the middle of the park.
I’m keeping everything crossed for him.