Crystal Palace were dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton at The Amex on Monday night. However, that is the least of Roy Hodgson's worries. Palace's already had a lengthy injury list heading into the game. Now, both Schlupp and Townsend will be spending spells on the sideline for The Eagles.
Hodgson currently has 8 players missing through injury, so Palace look likely to splash some cash in January. Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar is rumoured to be a target, and he could be the first signing of many.
Hodgson: Palace Will Strengthen Squad
Hodgson spoke to the press after Palace's 2-1 defeat to Brighton and he openly admitted his intentions to sign players. He said:
“We have been talking about strengthening our squad for about two or three weeks into my time at the club. So, literally nothing has changed in that area. We have been waiting for the January transfer window to fulfill our wishes and our thoughts in terms of strengthening our squad.”
“That's become even more vitally important with the number of injuries we suffered. You could argue that if we said we wanted three or four then really we should be looking at six or seven. We have lost at least two players for the rest of this season, and probably the start of next season.
It looks incredibly tight down near the bottom of the Premier League table this season. Swansea and West Brom are four points adrift, but only 4 points separate Stoke in 18th and Huddersfield in 11th.
Palace have made huge improvements under Hodgson, but they aren't out of the woods just yet. They are 14th with 22 points, just 2 points clear of Stoke. Hodgson needs to make sure he spends wisely in January, because if he doesn't relegation could be a real possibility.