Forward 'devastated' at being ruled out of Liverpool clash v Palace, could miss rest of season

By Richard Parks

Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham is “devastated” after suffering a new injury in training and could miss the rest of the season, according to Roy Hodgson.

The Palace manager delivered a pessimistic prognosis as he explained that the forward’s comeback has been aborted just days after he made a goalscoring return with the club’s Under-23s squad.

The former Sunderland man, 24, hasn’t played for the first team since November 2016 when he ruptured his cruciate ligament.

He has worked hard to make a comeback in recent months but picked up a calf problem at the start of the year and has now broken down with a groin injury sustained in training.

“Connor has had few training sessions with the first team but has unfortunately today picked up a groin strain,” said Hodgson, as quoted by the Evening Standard.

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“He must be devastated to have got himself that close but will now be facing another spell on the sidelines. I’m still hopeful we’ll see him back this season.”

Football Insider verdict:

What a hammer blow for Wickham, who would have fancied his chances of being promoted to the senior matchday squad after his goalscoring return for the Under-23s in midweek. With Palace struggling for goals and a huge reliance on Wilfried Zaha for attacking inspiration, the team badly need the power and aerial prowess of Wickham, who has racked up 108 Premier League appearances despite his age and lengthy spell on the sidelines. It will take a lot of mental strength to come back from his latest blow, but he is young enough and good enough to still make a valuable contribution to the south Londoners when he returns to fitness.

In other Liverpool news, the club are to table a mega goal machine offer, he will certainly be at Anfield in 18/19.

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