Tyrick Mitchell remains sidelined after picking up an injury in training prior to the defeat at Wolves last week. Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that he will need further assessment after missing the Premier League clash with Leeds United on Saturday afternoon, according to the club’s official Twitter account.
He said: “Joel Ward, Tyrick Mitchell and unfortunately James Tomkins are not available for this weekend.”
Mitchell has played six games in the Premier League so far, having played in every single minute of the competition prior to his absence against Wolves after breaking into the first team towards the end of last season.
Per SofaScore, the 21-year-old received a solid rating of 6.7 for his efforts in his last outing against Fulham, as he made two tackles, three clearances, one interception and blocked one shot, whilst he produced 3 out of 3 accurate long balls, took 56 touches of the ball, and completed 33 out of 36 passes (92%).
Given his fine form, Hodgson could have easily kept Patrick van Aanholt on the bench, but his recurring injury problem has given the veteran a timely boost to preserve and protect his Palace career.
Van Aanholt started the defeat away at Wolves as the Palace boss rang several changes to rotate his squad, and had a game to forget all about as he lost possession 11 times, only won one ground duel out of six attempts, was dribbled past once and failed to register a single tackle throughout the entire game, as per SofaScore.
Alan Shearer once singled the 30-year-old out for praise after he put in a “brilliant” performance for his former club Sunderland as he came off the bench against West Bromwich Albion to change the game. He has scored 14 goals and supplied five assists in all competitions during his time at Selhurst Park.
Whilst it’s unlikely the £7.2m-rated Dutch colossus would’ve been sold in the winter transfer window, as Hodgson made it clear he is not for sale earlier this year, he is reportedly looking for new terms.
Now Van Aanholt will be hoping he can take full advantage of the situation if he can quickly find his feet after working his way back from fitness.
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