As per a report from the Croydon Advertiser this afternoon, Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni could be set for up to 8 weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Eagles’ club legend Speroni was a surprise omission from Roy Hodgson’s 18-man squad for the club’s clash with Newcastle United at the weekend, with reports having since emerged that the shot-stopper missed out due to a knee injury picked up in training.
The severity of the problem remained unclear in the days since, though, with Palace having been forced to carry out tests on the Argentinian veteran.
But, as per a harrowing update this afternoon, Speroni looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, after scans revealed ‘a grade two tear of the ligament in his left knee.’
The 38-year-old’s injury leaves Palace worryingly short in the goalkeeping department, with the board at Selhurst Park having tried and failed to bring in a third-choice shot-stopper during the January transfer window.
As such, Wayne Hennessey looks set to be the only fit and recognised goalkeeper available to Eagles’ boss Roy Hodgson for the next 8 weeks.
Can’t catch a break
The update on Speroni comes on the back of a horrid couple of months for Palace on the injury front, with all of Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Bakary Sako having been ruled out for the remainder of the season, and Wilfried Zaha, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jeffrey Schlupp also on the treatment table.