Crystal Palace have this afternoon been dealt a blow on the injury front, during the Eagles’ clash with Watford.
Crystal Palace vs Watford
Roy Hodgson’s men welcomed the Hornets to Selhurst Park, on the back of 4 wins from their last 6 across all competitions.
Palace put Grimsby to the sword by a goal to nil in their last outing, securing their passage to the 4th-round of the FA Cup in the process.
Visitors Watford, meanwhile, also ensured their place in the 4th-round of the FA Cup courtesy of a win over lower-league opposition last time out, when Javi Gracia’s men dominated en route to a 2-0 victory at Woking.
However, the Hornets were winless in their last 3 Premier League outings before today.
Palace in front
The first-half of this afternoon’s matchup saw Palace on top, with the hosts having taken a deserved lead in the 38th-minute, courtesy of an own-goal from Craig Cathcart.
However, the Eagles were dealt a blow a short time later, when goalkeeper Vicente Guaita was forced off with an injury.
The Spanish shot-stopper landed awkwardly following what looked to be a routine catch, and was eventually replaced by Wayne Hennessey on the stroke of half-time.
44: Palace sub – Vicente Guaita is unable to continue and is replaced by Wayne Hennessey.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 12, 2019
Vicente Guaita lands awkwardly following a routine catch . Can’t continue. Wayne Hennessey on in his place. #CPFC
🚑 Injury Tablehttps://t.co/cckOHhGs0b
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) January 12, 2019
The severity of Guaita’s problem remains to be seen, but his injury could not come at a worse time on a personal level.
The former Getafe man had just recently begun to showcase his abilities after being handed a consistent run of appearances by Roy Hodgson, but could potentially be set for an extended spell on the sidelines.