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Palace’s Midfield Dilemma: Doucoure and Eze Sidelined

Crystal Palace’s Injury Woes: Doucoure and Eze Sidelined

In a twist of fate that could severely impact Crystal Palace’s season, midfielder Cheick Doucoure faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Doucoure, who has been a pivotal figure for the Eagles, sustained a serious Achilles tendon injury during their recent 2-1 loss to Luton Town.

Doucoure’s Unfortunate Setback

Doucoure’s injury occurred in a moment of sheer bad luck, as he collapsed unchallenged during the second half at Kenilworth Road. The scene was grim, with the 23-year-old Mali international being stretchered off the field. This injury not only sidelines him for a significant duration, possibly six months, but also dashes his hopes of participating in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Roy Hodgson, the Palace manager, encapsulated the gravity of the situation. “He’s got a bad injury. I’ll let the doctor deal with that first. It’s not going to be an injury that keeps him out for a short period of time,” he remarked following the defeat at Luton.

Eze’s Uncertain Future

Adding to Palace’s concerns, Eberechi Eze, another key midfielder, is under scrutiny after sustaining an injury in the same match. Eze, who recently recovered from a month-long hamstring issue, now awaits further assessments to confirm his availability for the upcoming clash with West Ham on Sunday.

Impact on Palace’s Campaign

These injuries come as a substantial blow to Crystal Palace, especially considering Doucoure’s impressive form since his £18 million move from Lens last year. His performances had even caught the eye of bigger clubs, with Liverpool showing interest. The Eagles now face the challenge of navigating through their campaign, missing crucial players at a pivotal point in the season.

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