Eze set for long spell out for Palace after Achilles injury

Date published: Wednesday 19th May 2021 11:27 - Will Ford

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Crystal Palace could be without star midfielder Eberechi Eze for the majority of next season after he suffered a serious Achilles injury in training.

The attacking midfielder has sparkled under Roy Hodgson for Palace this season following his £16million move from Queens Park Rangers in the summer.

The Athletic claim he suffered the rupture in training on Tuesday as Palace prepared for Hodgson’s final home game in charge of the team on Wednesday.

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Hodgson was unaware of the severity of the problem when he addressed the media on Tuesday afternoon, with the press conference dominated by the announcement of his departure from Selhurst Park, but admitted he was doubtful to play against Arsenal.

But the problem is said to be far worse than initially feared.

Eze will see a specialist to learn the extent of the Achilles rupture but the likelihood is he will require surgery.

That would mean at least six months out in rehabilitation and it will have serious implications ahead of the transfer window for Palace, who are in need of a mass squad overhaul.

Rumours suggest it will be Frank Lampard to take over from Hodgson, who refused to rule out a return to football management despite stepping down at Palace.

On his future, Hodgson said: “One never knows – I think it is a dangerous thing to do when you still feel good about yourself and still enjoy your life in football, it is a dangerous thing to start making bold statements about retirement and this is the end of me.

“I really don’t know, I am certainly not leaving Crystal Palace with the idea of putting myself back on the market and trying to get another job, I really am stepping down from the club and stepping away from football for a while but who knows what the future will be.

“I am quite excited by the fact I still have a future I am looking forward to, whether in football or elsewhere. I will wait and see what happens. It is a never say never moment, I think.”


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