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Hodgson admits to defensive problems

17th July 2019, 07:59 by Craig Smithson

Crystal Palace have "enormous problems at the back" due to injuries and Aaron Wan-Bissaka's exit, Roy Hodgson has revealed.

The Eagles boss has yet to invest any of the £50million received from Manchester united for full-back Wan-Bissaka into bringing a replacement, while he also has a number of players on the treatment table during pre-season.

It is far from ideal preparation ahead of the new Premier League season, which gets underway against Everton at Selhurst Park on August 10, but Hodgson is hopeful of resolving the situation in the next three weeks.

Speaking after Tuesday's humbling 6-2 friendly defeat at non-league Barnet, the former England manager said: "We've got enormous problems at the back at the moment.

"We really don't have any defenders, to speak of. Aaron's gone and we've got three others injured.

"We will have to do the best we can to make sure we replace [Wan-Bissaka] in some way."

When asked about Wan-Bissaka's exit to United earlier in the summer window, Hodgson added: "We would've loved to have kept him.

"But the bottom line is, when Manchester United come calling and they're prepared to pay what the club feel is the market value of the player, then all we can do is wish him well."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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