Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise is expected to face an extended period on the sidelines after re-aggravating a hamstring injury during Saturday’s defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion.
Olise was introduced at half-time at the Amex Stadium with Palace 3-0 down but pulled up 11 minutes later after attempting a sprint in his own half and signalled to the bench that he could not continue.
The 22-year-old was a doubt heading into the fixture after being forced off with injury during his side’s 3-2 victory over Sheffield United on Tuesday, but Roy Hodgson defended his decision to bring him on at the break.
“I was told he couldn’t start the game and everyone was quite comfortable with that,” Hodgson said. “They (medical staff) told me and he told me he was fine to be on the bench and play in the second half.
“Unfortunately because I don’t have a crystal ball, I have no hindsight, I wasn’t to know that was to lead to him getting a recurrence of his injury, that’s exactly what we did. It’s the same with the hindsight that says you’re losing 3-0 why put one of your better players on.
“The answer to that is we brought him all the way here to be on the bench to play in the second half and we wanted our better players on the field. It’s not easy when you’ve got a player of his quality able to play to just say ‘oh by the way, I know we’ve brought you all the way here to play, I’ve changed my mind, you’ll just have to sit on the bench and watch it’.”
Olise initially sustained a hamstring injury in June while away with France at the Under-21 European Championships, before suffering a setback in his rehabilitation. He made his first appearance of the season for Palace as a second half substitute in their 3-2 defeat by Everton in November.
But in the closing moments of Palace’s 3-1 win over Brentford on December 30, he sustained another hamstring problem, this time in a slightly different part of the muscle. That ruled him out of his side’s FA Cup third round replay defeat by Everton and 5-0 Premier League defeat by Arsenal, before his return at half-time against Brighton.
He has six goals and three assists in 11 Premier League appearances this term.
Meanwhile, winger Jesurun Rak-Sakyi was forced off with an injury during Monday night’s Under-21s’ 1-0 victory over Ipswich in their final Under-21 Premier League Cup group stage fixture.
The 21-year-old has been absent with a hamstring injury since October, but was making good progress in his rehabilitation.
Palace return to action on Monday with the visit of Chelsea.
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