Crystal Palace will be without the services of former club captain Scott Dann until October according to boss Roy Hodgson.
The central defender sustained a severe ligament injury during the Eagles’ 0-0 draw with Manchester City on New Year’s Eve of 2017 and hasn’t been anywhere close to competitive action since, prompting many to wonder whether or not the former Birmingham man will ever reestablish himself as a core member of Palace’s starting XI.
In his absence, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins have formed a truly formidable partnership at the heart of our back four, going unbeaten when starting together until our recent home defeat at the hands of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. With that in mind, it’s difficult to see Scott jumping above either man in the pecking order but in terms of depth, it goes without saying that it will be wonderful to have him back in the fold.
With Tomkins being forced to sit out all three of our most recent games after aggravating a strain in the warm-up for our defeat at Watford, Hodgson has been forced to call on the services of Martin Kelly next to Sakho. Whilst the ex-Liverpool academy man is not a terrible footballer by any stretch of the imagination, very few across Palace’s fan-base put him anywhere close to Tomkins, Dann or Mamadou in terms of general ability, which in itself presents problems for our defensive approach within games.
Thankfully September has begun with an international break, giving everyone hope that Tomkins will be back in time to face Huddersfield on Saturday the 15th, before Dann looks to make an appearance on the bench in the first two weeks of October. Whilst we’re not exactly down to the bare bones as things stand, it’s always nice to have a selection of players to choose from; hopefully that luxury isn’t too far away for Roy and his coaching staff.