After seeing two more players sent to the treatment room following Crystal Palace's 0-0 draw with Manchester City On New Year's Eve, Eagles boss Roy Hodgson provided an update on his squad ahead of Tuesday's trip to Southampton.
Both Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon were stretchered off during a hard-fought encounter with the league leaders, adding to the Eagles manager's headaches. Immediately after the draw with Man City, Hodgson provided an update on his squad.
“We’ve lost Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon so I’m afraid that we’ve stretched our resources to the limit," he said. "You don’t know directly how bad it is after the game and the doctors loathe to make any bold statements but [Dann’s injury] doesn’t look good.
“It looks like a serious knee injury, but how serious it turns out to be after he has the scan, we will have to wait and see.
“We are massively stretched because Mamadou Sakho has been out now for a month and is likely to be out for a few more weeks to come with a quite serious injury, and Joel Ward is still recovering and there’s no sign of him doing that in the next few days.
“We will recover one or two players who were unable to play today before the Southampton game, but after an effort like this you’d wish we could make the amount of changes that Manchester City feel they can always make when you look at the quality of the players they have who aren’t playing.”