England’s U21 side ran out 2-1 winners over Latvia yesterday thanks to goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount but Palace supporters everywhere were left wondering about the fitness of right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was missing from the squad altogether.
The 20-year-old had started and played well against the Netherlands in the team’s previous fixture, leading to the assumption that he would retain his spot for yesterday’s clash and whilst Aidy Boothroyd may have just been keen to rotate the starting XI, it seems strange to have not even named the Palace man on the bench.
As of yet there has been no official word from England or Palace to suggest that anything untoward has occurred with Aaron but until Roy Hodgson faces the press on Thursday, the Eagles faithful are likely to fret over the wellbeing of our academy’s latest breakout star.
His professional career may still be in its extremely early stages but the consistency of his performances, alongside his pace, attacking intent and love of a slide tackle has forced many across the game to sit up and take notice. Having been thrown in against the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool twice in his first few outings, Aaron has coped remarkably, explaining the sense of dread which washed over every Palace fan when his name was missing from the England team-sheet.
Should he indeed have picked up an injury whilst away with the Three Lions, Roy Hodgson will have to rely on the services of Joel Ward, just as he did when we travelled to face Watford in the wake of Wan-Bissaka’s red card against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. Whilst it’s by no means a disaster, it would be far more comforting to have the academy man fit and ready to start at the John Smith’s Stadium, where he shone last year in our impressive 2-0 victory.
Keep everything crossed.