Crystal Palace’s latest Premier League match saw them fall to a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea at Selhurst Park thanks to a late goal from Hakim Ziyech.
As well as the disappointing result and the disheartening manner of how it came about, the Eagles were also dealt an injury blow when goalkeeper Vicente Guaita had to be replaced by Jack Butland at halftime thanks to a suspected injury issue.
Speaking after the defeat against Thomas Tuchel’s side, Palace manager Patrick Vieira had this to say about the situation regarding Guaita and his injury.
The Frenchman said: “He felt something behind his knee and decided to stop. He couldn’t play.”
Before coming off, the 35-year-old managed to make two saves in the first half and earn himself a strong overall match rating of 7.1/10 from SofaScore, whereas Butland didn’t even make one save and could only earn himself a match rating of 6.3/10.
Since joining the south London club back in the 2018 summer window on a free transfer from Spanish club Getafe, the shot-stopper has gone on to make 118 appearances in a Palace shirt across all competitions, keeping 35 clean sheets along the way.
Having started 22 league games for Palace this season and making a total of 59 saves, it’s safe to say that Vieira and a lot of fans will be sweating on the fitness of Guaita based on what his manager had to say at the weekend.
With the Eagles set to take on relegation-battling Watford in midweek, who, under the guidance of former Palace manager Roy Hodgson, managed to beat Aston Villa in their latest league game, everyone at Selhurst Park will be hoping that their first-choice goalkeeper will be fit enough to play on Wednesday.
Taking into account how Butland has managed to concede seven goals in just four appearances in the league this season, it may not fill many Palace fans with confidence if he has to start against the Hornets.
Moving forward, it seems as though the supporters will have to have their fingers crossed that the Spaniard’s injury is not a serious one and that he can recover as soon as possible to help the Eagles end their season as strongly as possible.