Tomkins still struggling

Crystal Palace summer signing James Tomkins seems unlikely to be fit for the start of the season due to his hamstring injury.

Crystal Palace: Tomkins still strugglingCrystal Palace: Tomkins still struggling

The £10million capture from West Ham suffered the injury on his non-competitive debut against Philadelphia Union and remains some way off making a return to action.

Palace assistant manager Keith Millen says they cannot push the defender and will err on the side of caution, meaning the chances of the 27-year-old being in the Eagles’ line-up for the Premier League opener against West Brom on August 13 look slim.

“It’s one we can’t push too quick – we have to take it day by day,” Millen told the Croydon Advertiser when asked about Tomkins.

“He is progressing with his work and if he gets no reaction, then the following day he can do a bit more. And if he does too much he has to go back again. It’s a case of going day by day, we don’t know yet.

“We know that he is in good hands and working hard as much as he can.”

James McArthur, meanwhile, is making good progress from his minor leg injury and he could even feature in this weekend’s friendly against Valencia.

Millen added: “Macca is close. He’s doing a lot of things – he’s ticking a lot of boxes. Hopefully we’ll get him in training some time this week.”

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