Substituted at halftime during last weekend’s game against Stoke City, Joe Ledley has confirmed he’ll be out for a further two weeks with a slight thigh strain sustained during those first 45 minutes.
It’s another blow for the Eagles who are now also without the injured Jason Puncheon and James McArthur, but the Welsh midfielder is hopeful the team’s away form will count in their favour when they face Swansea City on Saturday.
“Since the gaffer came here we’ve been doing better away from home than at home which is different to normal teams, but it’s going to be a battle against Swansea. They’re a good passing team, like to get the ball down, and they’re going to want to get the three points and catch us up so we’re going to need to be on our toes.”
Palace were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw when the Swans visited Selhurst Park during the busy Christmas period, and since then have been unlucky not to pick up any points in their recent home games given the amount of chances created in front of goal.
“We don’t go out there not to score, and you’ve got to put some of the blame down to injuries to our vital attacking players like Yannick and Sako. But it doesn’t matter where the goals from, the toughest thing is losing games and we’re going through a sticky spot at the moment that we need to try and get out of it.”
Ledley believes the squad is strong enough to pull out of their current dip in form, and says the team are doing all they can to put things right.
“We’ve had a team meeting about how things have been going and we know every single club in this league will go through a tough spell, it’s just happening to us at the moment. We’re all in this together, we're working our socks off, and we’ve got strong personalities here to lift the team.”
Having achieved 31 points so far this season the Eagles can be proud of their first half of the campaign, but Ledley feels they need to start winning if they’re going to keep pace with the teams above them.
“We know we need to get three points as soon as possible because teams around us are picking up results and we don’t want to lose track of those we want to catch. We’ve been unlucky with the last few games and we just need that little bit of luck which we’ve been getting in the FA Cup. Hopefully that will come this weekend.”