Crystal Palace’s preparations for tomorrow afternoon’s game against Southampton have been boosted by the news that Saints striker Danny Ings is currently an injury doubt for the trip to Selhurst Park, thanks to a blister on his foot.
The former Liverpool frontman moved to St Mary’s this summer in search of regular game-time and had started the season in impressive fashion, bagging a goal in their 2-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park but unfortunately, he was forced off the field last time out against Leicester City.
If you take Mark Hughes’ words at face value, there is every chance that Ings will recover in time to take part in tomorrow’s clash, with the Southampton medical staff having forced him to stop putting weight on the foot in the hope of speeding up the heeling process.
It feels like a foolish thing to say at this stage of the season but the game in question already has the feel of a big test for both sides. Hughes’ men have only managed to pick up one point from their opening three fixtures (a 0-0 draw at home to Burnley on the opening day) whilst Palace’s only positive result came away to Fulham at the same time. Both clubs will be desperate to add to their tally in the south London sunshine, making Ings’ potential absence all the more frustrating for the Southampton hierarchy.
Other than Danny, Hughes was happy to reveal that his squad has a clean bill of health, leaving us to wait for an update from Roy Hodgson this afternoon on who is expected to miss out from a Palace perspective. The most pressing concern following last weekend’s loss at Watford will be the fitness of James Tomkins, who pulled out of the starting XI during the warm-up with a calf issue. Beyond that, we should be injury-free ourselves, given the number of first-team regulars the gaffer decided to leave at home for our triumphant EFL Cup jaunt to Swansea.
Keep your fingers crossed.