Injury blow for Crystal Palace as Doucouré, Eze face extended sideline


Crystal Palace midfielder, Cheick Doucouré, is poised for an extended absence following his departure on a stretcher during the team’s 2-1 loss to Luton Town on Saturday.

The 23-year-old was substituted after 54 minutes, making way for Will Hughes.

Manager Roy Hodgson, confirmed the setback and stated that Doucouré’s injury was not one that would see him returning to action in the short term.

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Midfielder Eberechi Eze was also forced off during the game at Kenilworth Road due to an ankle injury.

The 25-year-old, who recently inked a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the club, was replaced by Jordan Hughes in the 49th minute.

Hodgson revealed post match that Eze suffered the injury not from a direct fall but rather due to a player landing on him during an attempt to evade, resulting in damage to his ankle.

The manager acknowledged the severity of Doucouré’s situation and indicated a more prolonged absence for the midfielder.

The team is scheduled to face West Ham United at London Stadium next Sunday.

The injuries to Doucouré and Eze will undoubtedly impact the squad’s dynamics as they prepare for the upcoming fixture.

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