Crystal Palace to assess injured pair before visit to Everton

BY SAM SMITH

James McCarthy and Nathaniel Clyne will have their injuries assessed by Crystal Palace before the Eagles face Everton on Monday.

Midfielder McCarthy has been absent since suffering a groin problem against Manchester United on March 2 and was not called up by the Republic of Ireland for the international break. The 30-year-old has had a frustrating campaign – missing 13 of Palace’s 29 Premier League matches.

Clyne has not featured since the 3-0 defeat against Burnley on February 13.

However, there are no fresh injury concerns for Roy Hodgson. Tyrick Mitchell has overcome a muscle problem.

Long-term absentees Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins remain sidelined.

Hodgson said: “The players who played internationals all seem to be okay. There’s only one we haven’t yet seen but we believe he’s fine, and that’s Cheikhou Kouyate. He had a longer journey than the others.

“I think the only player we’re likely to get back is Tyrick Mitchell, although we’re still assessing James McCarthy and Nathaniel Clyne.”

The South Londoners travel to Merseyside having lost just one of their last five matches. They will have had a 21-day break from competitive fixtures since the 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on March 13.

 


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