After seeing James Tomkins withdraw from the Palace line-up moments before their 2-1 defeat against Watford, Roy Hodgson shed some light on the centre-back’s injury.
Tomkins took to the Vicarage Road pitch to warm-up but was soon heading back off down the tunnel after a word with the Eagles’ physio staff, with Martin Kelly lining up alongside Mamadou Sakho instead.
Commenting on the late switch, Hodgson said: “He felt his calf – he said he’d felt a slight tightness in training during the week but he didn’t think it was important.
“He thought he could play through it without any problems, but when we went to warm-up today, he realised it was probably a bit more serious than he imagined.
“Now we have to have a scan and wait and see what the result of that is. Obviously there is some sort of strain there, the question is how big of one. There was no way we were going to take a chance in getting him to try and play through it, because if those things become a real pull or a tear, you’re going to be out for a long period of time.
“We’ll know how long in the early part of next week when he has his scan, so we’ll wait and see."