Injuries go 'some way to explaining the struggles'

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Crystal Palace are not alone in being impacted by injuries this season and that goes some way to explaining the struggles the side have faced.

You take the four best players out of any team and they would find it difficult to find any kind of consistent form.

Losing Cheick Doucoure, Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze and Marc Guehi for prolonged periods this season have ruined any real chance of the club progressing and had a direct impact on the change in management.

Now, Sam Johnstone returning from international duty with an injury that will possibly rule him out for the rest of the season is news we could have done without.

Eze has come back into the side and is performing, and we are expecting to see Doucoure, Olise and Guehi all return before the season is out which will be huge.

However, ultimately it will be Eze and Olise who we will be looking at to navigate us safely through the run-in to the end of the season with hopefully not too much drama.

Jay Crame can be found at The Eagles Beak

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