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Hodgson Provides an Injury Update and Discusses Perri Ahead of Spurs Clash

25 January 2019

Roy Hodgson has looked ahead to Crystal Palace's Emirates FA Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday, providing an injury update and discussing the Eagles' new signing, Lucas Perri as he did.

Palace were without shot-stoppers Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita against Liverpool in their most recent match, and Hodgson confirmed that the same absentees will be unavailable for this week's cup tie.

He explained the situation, whilst also providing the positive update that forwards Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham are both finishing their recovery strongly.

He said, "The only other injury we have to worry about apart from the two goalkeepers who are recovering and making good progress is Pape Souare, who dislocated his shoulder and is expected to be out for a fairly lengthy period of time. I can't put a timescale on it.

"Others are coming along well, Connor and Chris have been training all week - doing as much as they can possibly do at this stage in their comeback after long term injury. Unless anything happens between now and tomorrow morning, which can always happen to players with long term injury, I envisage both of them being able to play."

Maintaining his attention on those who are fit and boosting the Palace squad, Hodgson commented on new signing Lucas Perri - who comes to south London as Hennessey and Guaita are sidelined.

Discussing the young Brazilian, Hodgson said, "To be honest, I've only seen him this morning, it was his first session today. But I met him yesterday - he’s a player that Dougie Freedman found in his travels to South America. Lucas made a very good impression and it turned out we could loan him with an option to extend.

"Everyone at the club seemed to think it was a good idea, my first impressions back up the impression that Doug has. It's too early for me to start singing his praises too highly, I'm just happy we've got a player of that type and that quality. He's keen to be here in England, good 21-year-old goalkeepers are hard to find.

"[He is] a young one who we believe is going to be a good goalkeeper going forward."

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