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Allardyce Provides Injury Update

6 January 2017

Sam Allardyce reeled off the list of Palace players currently out injured at the start of his pre-match press conference, emphasising the strain being put on his squad ahead of the trip to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

The manager listed all the players out of action then discussed the severity of their injuries at the top of his pre-Bolton media duties, before revealing the good news that a number of key players would likely be back in contention by the time Palace face West Ham United in the Premier League.

"Dann, McArthur, Wickham, Benteke, Souare, Mandanda - we don't know how long they're going to be," he said. "There's some variation, some longer than others. Dann and McArthur should be back reasonably quickly, Connor's long-term, Benteke should be okay for next week if he plays with an injection, Mandanda we're not so sure about.

"Puncheon and Hennessey have got knocks, so they stay behind today. So that's nine. Nine not including two internationals, which are Sako and Zaha."

Kwesi Appiah completes the list of absentees for the Eagles.

Allardyce also discussed the team he will field at the Macron Stadium this weekend, insisting that the eleven starting the game all have top flight experience as he looks for a good showing on the return to his former club.

"There is a team picked with Premier League experience," he said. "All the players have played Premier League football, there are no youngsters in there. Everyone that's picked to play on Saturday at Bolton has got a job on their hands to show what they can do for me and try to get the club through to the next round.

"It's a big opportunity for them and it's a big opportunity for me to see them in a competitive game," he added.

To watch Big Sam's full pre-match press conference CLICK HERE.

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