Following a hard-fought game against Coventry City in which two first-team players featured, Under-23s defender Nikola Tavares reflected on a tough game and recovering from injury in tandem with Scott Dann.
Tavares played against Bristol City last Monday but had been suffering over recent months due to a prolonged injury which he is only just fully returning from.
“[I was out for] eight months, ACL. But I haven’t felt it since, almost like I haven’t done it. Fingers crossed that stays the same.”
Similarly, first-team centre-back Scott Dann has been forced away from featuring on the pitch due to a nine-month long knee injury, an injury from which he still hasn’t been able to return to first-team action because of. His recovery time married Tavares’.
“We went through the recovery period together. He’s always helped me out, you know, always speaking to me [and] giving me points. Even in training when he came over to the 23s. But, yeah, great guy. And we’ve come back around the same period of time so we’ve done well together.”
Tavares also looked back upon the afternoon’s loss to Coventry, saying that, “It’s disappointing after the last result against Bristol because we played really well.
“They didn’t have many chances today to be honest. Maybe two, besides the goal. Last week, [we kept a] clean sheet. So I don’t think that [playing in a back three] was the heart of the problem today, I think there were other things we could have done better. Overall, a back three works for us I think.”
Richard Shaw’s side travel to Wales next for a game against Cardiff City, who sit five places below Palace in the Professional Development League.