Roy Hodgson will return to the dugout for Crystal Palace’s match against Fulham on Saturday after recovering from illness, but Michael Olise looks set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines after a setback on his return from a hamstring injury -legs.
Hodgson missed Palace’s 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday after falling ill that morning. Paddy McCarthy, the assistant manager, took charge and said the former England manager was “feeling a bit unwell”. Palace confirmed that the 76-year-old manager, the oldest in Premier League history, returned to work on Tuesday.
The news was less encouraging regarding Olise. Palace had hoped to have him back by the end of September following an operation on an injury sustained while playing for the France under-21 team at the European Championship this summer. But the 21-year-old – who signed a new four-year contract last month after refusing to join Chelsea – is understood to have suffered a fresh injury last week to the same hamstring which could rule him out until the next break international. in mid-October.
Palace are set to face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup next Tuesday and in the Premier League the following Saturday before hosting Nottingham Forest on October 7.
Olise’s prolonged absence will be a blow for Hodgson, who fears injuries from Marc Guéhi and Jefferson Lerma. The England defender missed the defeat to Villa after aggravating a hip problem in the 3-1 win over Scotland, and Lerma had a scan last week to assess a hamstring injury picked up while playing for the Colombia.
New signing Matheus França is yet to play for Palace since arriving from Flamengo due to a back injury and Hodgson said last week it could be some time before the Brazilian teenager is in the running. “We hope he will be with us in a few weeks in training sessions,” he said. “Then he has to get back into shape.”