James Tomkins is set to be fit for Crystal Palace’s trip to Sunderland on Saturday but skipper Scott Dann looks set miss the game.
Palace boss Alan Pardew appeared to be facing a defensive injury headache ahead of the game at the Stadium of Light when Dann limped out of Wednesday’s 2-0 EFL Cup defeat at Southampton with what seems to be a hamstring injury.
And while the centre-half is not definitely ruled out of the game against the Black Cats, it is highly unlikely that he will be risked on Wearside.
But the Eagles look set to have Tomkins back in the fold despite him leaving Selhurst Park on crutches after last Sunday’s 4-1 league win against Stoke having suffered a knock.
“We have to wait and see with Scott [Dann] – it looks like his hamstring,” said Pardew. “We have had some good news with James Tomkins though, he may be ok for the weekend.
“He seems to have had a speedy recovery and we are really pleased about that.”
Damien Delaney suffered a knock at St Mary’s in midweek but is set to retain his place in the heart of defence.
And if Tomkins returns to join him, former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly will switch to left-back and Zeki Fryers is poised to drop to the bench following a rare start at Southampton.
Pape Souare is another defensive absentee as he is out for around six months following a car crash earlier this month, while loan striker Loic Remy is still missing because of an ankle injury.