Palace can cope with injuries – Schlupp
Jeffrey Schlupp is confident Crystal Palace can cope over the next few weeks despite injuries starting to pile up.
Palace climbed up to fifth in the Premier League standings on Tuesday after Schlupp struck to earn a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.
It means back-to-back league triumphs for the Eagles and ensured they are firmly on track once again after failing to win any of their previous five.
Schlupp was the hero, scoring his second of the season, after coming off the bench to replace Patrick van Aanholt with just half an hour played.
Van Aanholt left the field with a hamstring issue and the club will learn the full extent of his issue over the coming days.
Roy Hodgson will be hoping it is not too serious as they prepare to embark on a hectic run of games over the course of December.
The Dutchman’s injury has further exacerbated the defensive crisis at Selhurst Park as the treatment room starts to fill up.
Gary Cahill, Scott Dann and Joel Ward all missed the game on Tuesday, while Mamadou Sakho is set to miss three games after being shown a straight red card against the Cherries.
It is understood that Cahill and Dann, who have been struggling with knee and foot injuries respectively, will return for Saturday’s trip to Watford but Ward’s knee injury could keep him out until the New Year.
Hodgson was unable to call on defensive reinforcements after Sakho’s sending off and had to move midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate into the backline.
Despite a lack of options, Schlupp believes Palace can continue to pick up results over the coming weeks.
He said: “Yes definitely. Cheikhou did an unbelievable job for us and he has played in that position before so has experience there.
“With myself having to drop in at left-back, I have played there many a time so it is one of those things where you have to do what you have to do.
“We are professionals and wherever you get put you have to go and do your job to try and win games.”
Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.