Palace fans have grown accustomed to the thought of Jonny Williams facing time on the sidelines and following Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat to QPR last weekend, the Welsh international is facing another lengthy spell away from the first-team.
After being given a starting role by Black Cats boss Chris Coleman for his side’s trip to Loftus Road last weekend, Jonny started the game in enthusiastic fashion before being forced to come off after just 30 minutes with what has now been diagnosed as a grade two tear in his quad; an issue which will keep him out of action for around a month.
It’s been another hugely frustrating season on the injury front for the playmaking midfielder, who has only just returned to action following rehab on a shoulder problem which required surgery earlier in the campaign. Despite still being just 24, Williams has suffered almost continual physical issues since his teenage years, leaving all sorts of mental hurdles for him to overcome in the battle to regain long-term match fitness.
Plenty of Palace fans will no doubt remember the horrific leg break Jonny suffered when playing for Wales shortly after breaking into our first-team; a setback which started the wheels turning on a seemingly never-ending series of fitness problems for one of the nicest lads you’ll ever meet in football.
I still hold out hopes of Jonny fighting back, establishing himself on loan somewhere for an entire league campaign and returning to the Palace side in triumphant fashion but with every fresh injury, his confidence must take a real battering.
Chris Coleman knows better than anyone, given his tenure as Wales boss, just how much of a difference Williams can make to a side when he’s fit and firing on all cylinders. The challenge now is discovering how to ensure that the string of constant injuries doesn’t continue when he returns from this most recent layoff.
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