Alan Pardew has admitted that Loic Remy's injury is extremely disappointing news given how impressive the striker had looked in training since joining on loan from Chelsea.
He has returned to the Blues for treatment and - though disappointed by the situation - Pardew feels Palace have the firepower to cover for Remy until he returns.
"It's a tear in his thigh and that's an area where recovery is difficult, obviously because of shooting and stuff like that, so you have to be careful," Pardew said. "We were so disappointed because he had looked great [in training]. It was a very innocuous moment on the training ground and sadly that happens.
"We, fortunately, have enough cover to cope without him for this period, but look forward to his return."
Regarding the striker's recovery, the manager confirmed reports that Remy will likely be out for up to 8 weeks.
"I think the figures that have been pushed around are about right, about 7 or 8 weeks - something like that - he'll be out," he said. "We've been in talks with Chelsea, and their medical team and our medical team have been in contact and obviously that's important as he isn't our player.
"He's a player that I felt would have really affected the first team, but that equation has gone away from me. I still have some very, very good players here of course."
Pardew also gave updates on the rest of the squad, admitting that he is sweating on a few players' fitness ahead of Saturday's game against Middlesbrough.
"We're fingers crossed really on three or four of ours today. I can't really give you an answer because we're touch-and-go on a few guys today - a lot of Premier League teams will be the same, those coming back from internationals and injuries that you carried into this break, but I think we'll have a strong side to face Middlesbrough."
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