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Palace can cope with injuries: Schlupp


Super-sub: Jeffrey Schlupp
Super-sub: Jeffrey Schlupp

By George Sessions

Crystal Palace match-winner Jeffrey Schlupp says the squad can cope despite a defensive injury crisis following Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Bournemouth.

The utility man fired home with 14 minutes left, after coming on to replace injured left-back Patrick van Aanholt, to give Roy Hodgson's 10-men a superb Premier League win.

It moved them up to fifth, but the main issue for the Eagles is who to play in defence at Watford on Saturday.

Mamadou Sakho will be suspended after his 19th-minute red card against Bournemouth and Gary Cahill and Scott Dann are not 100% fit, so midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate may have to do a job again having impressed at Selhurst Park.

Asked if the squad can overcome injuries, Schlupp insisted: "Yes, definitely. Cheikhou did an unbelievable job for us and he has played in that position before so has experience there.

"With myself having to drop in at left-back, I have played there many a time so it is one of those things where you have to do what you have to do."

A hamstring problem for Van Aanholt is likely to see Hodgson hand Schlupp his first start since November 3 at Watford.

However, it would have been hard for the Eagles boss not to select super-sub Schlupp after his goals in the wins over Burnley and Bournemouth recently.

He admitted: "I have just got to be ready when called upon and I feel like I'm doing that at the minute.

"If I play the next game or if I'm coming off the bench, I'll give my best, but it is my job to give him (Hodgson) that headache to put me in there."

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