Crystal Palace boss Hodgson provides Tomkins fitness update after Everton

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has this afternoon provided an update on the fitness of James Tomkins, after the stopper was forced off during the club’s defeat to Everton.

Palace downed

The Eagles visited Goodison Park earlier today, for a Premier League clash.

Palace headed into proceedings amid a dismal spell of form, having secured just a solitary victory across their last 10 league outings.

This came in a meeting with West Ham at the end of December.

As such, when all was said and done on Merseyside today, the capital outfit falling to yet another defeat came as little surprise.

Goals from Bernard, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin eventually proved the difference in a 3-1 Everton win.

Highlights: Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace

‘Not expecting good news’

An altogether-disappointing afternoon for Palace, meanwhile, was further compounded by a blow on the personnel front.

With an hour on the clock, Eagles central-defender James Tomkins pulled up holding his hamstring.

It quickly became apparent that the 30-year-old was not fit to continue, forcing Tomkins to limp off down the sideline.

As such, speaking on the back of his side’s latest defeat, Roy Hodgson was this afternoon asked for an update on the well-being of his stopper.

And the Palace boss went on to confirm that he is ‘not expecting good news’, with Tomkins looking likely to be sidelined for ‘weeks’:

‘He’ll have to have a scan. He’s definitely got a hamstring problem, there’s no doubt about that, and unfortunately they normally take weeks rather than days. I’m not expecting good news but we won’t know until the scan how bad the news is. Of course it’s a shame to lose him.’

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