Just as Alan Pardew may have hoped his luck had changed at Crystal Palace, the club have suffered another setback.
The Eagles beat Stoke 1-0 in the FA Cup 4th round thanks to a first half winner from Wilfried Zaha.
With an early goal under their belts, and having signed Emmanuel Adebayor last week, it was easy for Palace fans to start thinking an upturn in fortunes could be just around the corner,
But then Yohan Cabaye was taken out by a brutal foul from Stoke’s Stephen Ireland.
The foul forced the French international off at the break, and the club’s record signing is now a hugely unlikely to be involved in this week’s midweek Premier League clash with Bournemouth.
Cabaye left Selhurst Park on crutches.
As for the Eagles supporters, they’ve turned to social media to blast Ireland and ref Mark Clattenburg, who failed to produce a red card for the awful tackle. Instead the official just waved ‘play on’.
Watch Jason Puncheon talk about the tackle, together with tweets, below.
Puncheon just reiterating what we all knew. Clear foul on Cabaye. pic.twitter.com/1SO0PzOZfH
— PalaceHQ (@PalaceHQ) January 30, 2016
Cabaye leaves on crutches. Clattenberg says no foul. You do the maths
— Marc Williams (@MarcWilliams22) January 30, 2016
AP: "Yohan's ankle is swolen. We'll have to see if there's permanent damage there."
— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) January 30, 2016
Bolasie, Sako, Gayle & Cabaye all injured. Need to get one or 2 in by Monday #cpfc
— Antonio Di Natale (@CPFC_Tony) January 30, 2016
@FA another inept, player endangering display from Clattenburg. Keep letting him ref until he aids the ending of a players career.
— RedNBlueArmy.co.uk (@RedNBlueArmy1) January 30, 2016
Cabaye fouled. Puncheon booked. Because Clattenburg.
— Five Year Plan (@FYPFanzine) January 30, 2016
The Selhurst Park crowd: "It's all about you, Mark Clattenburg, it's all about you." He's not been popular much here today.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) January 30, 2016
Once again cabaye given no protection from refs, once again he gets hurt.. #CPFC
— Tiddy (@Tidd99) January 30, 2016
Cabaye added to the long list of people who wish to glass Clattenburg pic.twitter.com/se56rtiY9X
— Rachel May (@rachelmay1990) January 30, 2016
@YCabayeofficiel Disgusting challenge against u today, how the ref can claim he got the ball I don't know. Hope your okMate? Best wishes YC
— Andy (@Palace_Andy) January 30, 2016
Clattenburg booed before kick off when his name was announced. Which tells you how popular he is here. #cpfc
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) January 30, 2016
Sounds like Adebayor is pencilled in for Tuesday against Bournemouth, from Pardew's post-match presser. #CPFC
— Mark Ritson (@MR_LWMedia) January 30, 2016