Crystal Palace star could be out for months with mystery injury - Dinnery

By Ben Dinnery

20th Jan, 2022 | 5:01pm

Medical expert: Tomkins may need 'surgery' and be out 'months' after Crystal Palace latest

It’s possible Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins could be out for several months if his mystery injury requires surgery.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Tomkins has not been seen in action since playing the final seven minutes of Palace’s 4-0 win over Norwich last month (28 December).

No information about the 32-year-old centre-back’s setback has been provided and the specifics remain a mystery.

As per by last Thursday (13 January), manager Patrick Viera admitted only that he hoped it would be “a couple of weeks not months.”

Dinnery speculated that the Eagles could be biding their time and evaluating whether or not Tomkins needs to go under the knife.

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“I don’t know the specifics behind the injury itself,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“But we can interpret Patrick Viera’s comments about weeks and months. A great example of recent times for that would be Ben Chilwell.

“What we’re talking about is that conservative approach to treatment or surgical intervention.

“The ideal scenario is a good response to treatment in those early weeks and seeing how this injury progresses.

“If it’s healing as it should, it could just be a matter of weeks. If not, you’re going down that surgery route which can extend the timeline.

“With Chilwell, there was the four to six-week evaluation period. But now he’s going to be out for months and months with reconstructive surgery.”

Tomkins has acted as cover for Joachim Andersen and Marc Guehi this season.

He has featured nine times across all competitions, scoring once.

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