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Roy Hodgson reveals Schlupp's injury return date

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has disclosed the injury return date of Ghanaian defender Jeffery Schlupp.

Schlupp suffered a knee injury for the Eagles during their FA Cup game against Brighton and Hove Albion last month.

The versatile left back has undergone a successful surgery but will not be able to play as he's expected to stay in the treatment room up until March.

“A lot of teams can talk about the number of players they have injured at any one time, but a lot of those injuries are muscle injuries," Palace boss Roy Hodgson lamented, as reported by his club's official website.

“I think it’s very unusual to have as many as five players out, basically for the rest of the season."

“We already lost [Christian] Benteke for six weeks, [Wilfried] Zaha six weeks, Mamadou Sakho seven weeks, Schlupp eight to ten weeks."

"Five players out for the rest of the season – I think that’s a very unusual situation to find ourselves in."

"All of them are trauma injuries – none are due to muscle strains or pulls, they’re all cruciate ligaments, medial ligaments and fractures.”

Schlupp has featured prominently for Hodgson's men since the former England manager replaced Frank de Boer in September.

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