Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann has been out of action since New Year’s Eve of 2017 when he damaged his cruciate knee ligaments in our Premier League clash at home to Manchester City but now, with the Eagles pre-season getting underway, we’ve been given a positive update on his recovery.
Whilst the former Birmingham man wasn’t playing a full role in yesterday’s training session, the mere fact that he was spotted doing physical work alone bodes well for his comeback over the next couple of months. To many, he has become something of a forgotten man but with Roy Hodgson having spoken at length about his desire for greater strength in depth heading into the new campaign, the Scouser’s return to the first-team fold will be a real boost for the players and coaching staff alike.
Thankfully, James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho formed a rock-solid partnership at the heart of the Palace defence whilst Dann was stuck on the treatment table, giving Roy a solid base from which to build. On the face of things, it will be incredibly difficult for the 31-year-old to break back into the starting XI if the aforementioned duo retain the sort of form they had in May but as any supporter knows, a full league season comes with all sorts of highs and lows.
Cruciate injuries are notoriously difficult to return from, given the length of rehabilitation time that’s involved but with Connor Wickham and Jason Puncheon now back in full training having gone through similar ordeals, the future remains bright for Dann, providing he listens to the medical advice being offered to him.
We could probably do with another out-and-out central defender being added to the group before the window shuts but as things stand, we are yet to have anything close to a concrete story regarding any defensive transfer targets, leaving me to hope that the business we are conducting is being done with an impressive degree of secrecy.
Hopefully Scott doesn’t push himself too far too soon and we see him back in first-team action by September or October. As we’ve all found out far too regularly, players straining at the leash to get back before their bodies are truly ready is a recipe for disaster.