April 19, 2024

Roy Hodgson has provided an update on the fitness of Cheick Doucoure and Eberechi Eze after the pair suffered injuries during the 2-1 defeat to Luton Town.

Particularly, Cheick Doucoure’s injury appeared severe because no opponent player was around when the gifted center midfielder went down.

In what appeared to be a major setback for Hodgson, Docoure had to be carried off the field on a stretcher, and Eberechi Eze had to be substituted in the first half.

Jacob Brown scored the game’s winning goal for the hosts, securing Palace’s sixth loss of the season despite a spectacular equalizing effort from Michael Olise. However, Brown’s injuries will be a major issue.

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Hodgson’s update

Speaking to BBC Sport after the defeat to Rob Edwards’ Luton Town, Hodgson has provided an update on the fitness of the pair.

“It’s a real devastating bit of news for us,” Hodgson admitted. “Cheick’s injury is very serious. We don’t quite know how serious Eze’s injury is yet but it is two huge blows for us.”

Eze’s injury, in particular, may well be a big problem for the Eagles’ attack as the former Queen’s Park Rangers midfielder has been one of the club’s best players this season.

Olise has to perform

In the absence of Eze, the pressure will be on Olise to perform in the Englishman’s absence. The French winger netted a stunning equaliser as his superb left-footed effort found the top corner, brilliantly.

The frustration from Hodgson and the Palace fans will be the manner in which the visitors let the hosts retake the lead following the Frenchman’s brilliant goal.

“It was a good goal from Luton’s point of view,” said Hodgson of Brown’s winner. “It was a very bad goal from our point of view to concede, especially at a time we were playing well.”

Despite the manner of the defeat, Olise’s equaliser will surely please Hodgson as the Frenchman will be vital for Palace going forward.

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