Crystal Palace assistant manager Paddy McCarthy says he’s been in touch with manager Roy Hodgson and described his situation as ‘feeling better’ after their game against Aston Villa over the weekend.
The Eagles had to announce on their socials that their manager would not be with the team after he fell ill hours before the game at Villa Park. Odsoone Edouard gave the south London side the lead before two goals from the host turned the game on its head.
The players could be forgiven to be thinking about their manager who according to sources prepared the game before his sudden ill health, but Paddy McCarthy who stood in for him says he’s been in touch and signs are good.
He is quoted by South London Press: “He’s feeling better. We’re all hopeful that he will continue to feel better and he will be back with us sooner rather than later. All the preparations were done with Roy. In between breakfast and the pre-match meal, he felt a bit unwell – that’s when we found out.
“We just had to continue as we prepared. There is a lot of stuff going on when the game is going on. Just before the game, we had contact [with Hodgson] and we’ll speak to him now after the game as well.”
The Eagles finished midtable last season and despite losing Wilfried Zaha and the injury to Michael Olise, they have still had a decent start to the season with seven points from five games that have seen them win against Sheffield United and Wolves.
CRYSTAL PALACE’S MICHAEL OLISE SUFFERS INJURY SETBACK
The Athletic are reporting that France U21 international Michael Olise (21) has suffered a setback as he looks to make a return from a hamstring injury.
Olise suffered the initial injury on international duty during the Euro U21 Championships in June. The hamstring injury was expected to keep him out for approximately three months. The Crystal Palace forward underwent a period of recovery in the USA but had recently returned to team training. However, last week, he suffered an injury to the same hamstring, which will further push back his return date. It is not yet known how long Olise will now be out for. Crystal Palace face Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United before the next international break in mid-October.
Despite strong interest from Chelsea this summer, Olise made the decision to not only remain at Crystal Palace but also to sign a new four-year deal with the club.