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Pardew Provides Update On French Duo

9 December 2016

Ahead of tomorrow's trip to Hull Ciy, Alan Pardew has provided an injury update on two of his French internationals.

Loic Remy is still awaiting his Palace debut after signing on loan from Chelsea due to a thigh problem, while Steve Mandanda picked up a knee injury when training with the French international side and has been out of action for the past couple of Eagles games.

Pardew expects the pair to be missing for the majority of the festive football, but it seems that it is only a matter of weeks before the pair can line up alongside each other in red and blue.

In his pre-match press conference, Pardew said: "Loic is still two or three weeks away from training with us. It's been a long process with Loic which has been disappointing, especially now with Connor [Wickham]'s injury, and with two big strikers out for us and it's had an impact on our points, so it'll be nice to see him in and around us.

"Steve has had the operation and he'll miss a good portion of time - probably four or five weeks at least. Connor is OK, he's delved into the injury and he's become a bit of a scholar on it. He was telling me all about it the other day and it was quite informative and it's good to have the knowledge to hand. He's in good shape."

The game at the KCOM Stadium will be Pardew's 300th as a Premier League manager, and while he is happy to reach the landmark that only four other Englishman have previously achieved, he is fully focused on following up last week's win against Southampton with another victory.

"This game could define the first half of our season because we have two very difficult fixtures after Hull so we need to get something there," he said. "It's a big game for both teams.

"[300 games] makes me feel old, grey and tired! It's difficult in the Premier League - it's the toughest league in the world and the top teams have made it tougher for us to catch them this year. 

"The rest of us are fighting amongst ourselves, but in my 300 games the level between the bottom teams and the mid-table teams have got much smaller, so it's tougher to get results, but I love the league, the format and competitiveness of it."

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