The Athletic’s Dominic Fifield confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Crystal Palace winger Jeffrey Schlupp will miss at least three months after he suffered a hamstring injury during Saturday’s Premier League victory over Sheffield United, which will no doubt be a huge blow for Roy Hodgson ahead of the FA Cup clash with Wolves.
Schlupp has established himself as a first-team regular starter under Hodgson. Since his arrival in 2017, the 28-year-old has made over a hundred appearances for Palace across all competitions, via Transfermarkt.
He has made 12 starts out of 15 games in the Premier League this season, and struck two goals, one apiece against Spurs and Sheffield United, respectively.
The former England and Liverpool manager has praised the “underrated” Schlupp for his performances and the impact he has made having had to adapt to playing in different positions, and it will be the first time he has missed a large chunk of games since this time last year.
Hodgson had previously suggested that the Ghana international had “felt a hamstring pull” but it seems that couldn’t have been much further from the truth as further scans revealed the full extent of the damage.
Eberechi Eze will most likely replace Schlupp on the left wing against Wolves, having made an appearance as a substitute shortly before half-time against the Blades, and the 22-year-old will be hoping he can make a similar impact to impress Hodgson after he scored a sublime solo goal at Selhurst Park.
However, it could prove to be a tough test against the likes of Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto as Palace look to redeem themselves after drawing a blank against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side at the Molineux Stadium in the Premier League last year, so Hodgson will need his young charge to be at his very best if they are to steal a march on their closest rivals.
Whilst the Palace boss will be pleased with Eze’s progress, there’s no doubt Schlupp’s absence will be a bitter blow for Hodgson.