Hodgson confirms double setback

04 January 2018 00:36:17 GMTPlus11

Crystal Palace will be without both Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon for the remainder of their fight to escape the threat of Premier League relegation this season.

Centre-back Dann and winger Puncheon were both injured in the goalless draw with Manchester City and were absent from the 2-1 win at Southampton on Tuesday evening.

We won't see anything of those players for the rest of our season.

Roy Hodgson

And Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has warned that the knee injuries to his two players could be severe enough for them to be doubts for the start of next season.

He told reporters after an important win against the Saints: "They both have cruciate knee ligament injuries. It's very bad news.

"Scott Dann has got a cruciate knee ligament and meniscus injury, to his anterior cruciate, and Jason Puncheon has got a rupture in his posterior cruciate ligament.

"Both will be seeing specialists, both will be having operations, I guess, when the swelling goes down.

"We won't see anything of those players for the rest of our season and it is going to be hard for them to get ready even for the start of next season, because these are serious injuries."

Palace's win on Tuesday evening lifted them two points clear of the drop zone, with the Eagles having only lost one of their last 11 Premier League games.

They opened the campaign with seven straight league defeats, a run of losses which led to Hodgson being drafted in to replace Frank de Boer.

The Eagles are now priced at 1.071 not to be relegated this season, while they are 10.00 to suffer the drop to the Championship, with Southampton available at 5.50.

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