It’s been a tumultuous 12 months for Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sørloth and now, just as things were beginning to look up, he’s been dealt another body-blow.
Still only 23, the Norwegian international was sent out on loan to Belgian side Gent in January of 2019 in the hope of kick-starting his faltering career and whilst he hasn’t exactly set the world alight, it’s fair to say he was starting to get back on his feet, making the injury he picked up last weekend all the more sickening.
Having made 22 appearances for Gent, the sight of him down hurt in the first-half of their game against Anderlecht led many to worry that he’d broken his ankle. Luckily, that doesn’t appear to have been the case but with ligament damage now diagnosed as the problem, you can’t help but wonder if it once again leaves the big man’s future in a state of limbo.
The news appears to have reached the news cycle as a consequence of a stretcher not being immediately available when the medical staff needed to get him off the field but from a business perspective, the first question many will ask if whether or not it changes Gent’s hopes of signing Alex permanently from Palace over the summer.
Despite Sørloth arriving with high hopes of cracking the Premier League, his limited opportunities haven’t exactly shown a player ready to make the adjustment. With Palace themselves unsure of who they’ll be playing up front from week to week next term, it seems as though Alex’s future lies elsewhere, with his wages likely to be put towards sourcing a new option at the head of the side.
If it is a knock rather than a long-term problem, Gent should retain some sort of interest in bringing him back to the club for the 2019/20 campaign but for now, there has been no concrete proof of their intentions either way.
Bring on the waiting game.