Monday Jan 27, 2020. 15:00
English Premier League side Crystal Palace are suffering from the absence of Ghana international Jeffrey Schlupp.
The left-sided player is one of the six key Palace players, who are currently out nursing injuries.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson says their absence has taken its toll on the squad with the team having lost 2-0 to Southampton in their last game.
“We can’t use that [tiredness] as an excuse. We had the same rest period between games as the other teams in the league,” Hodgson told the club’s website.
“I think it’s more of a question of we’ve had this period where the same XI have had to fight through games, some quite tough games. I think it caught up with us a little bit today.
“I’m thinking of recovering six players. Six players is a lot to recover in a squad and we’re not just talking about six players who never play,” he added.
“We’re talking about Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend, Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp, Patrick van Aanholt and Luka Milivojevic. All these guys are guys who normally play in the team.
“If you like, they’ll be new players by the time they come back because we’ve been doing without them for the last four or five weeks.”
Schlupp hs netted twice in 14 Premier League games this season.