Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise are doubts for Crystal Palace’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Monday
Ivory Coast winger Zaha picked up a hamstring duty during the game with France over the international break, ruling him out of the subsequent defeat to England.
The grade-two tear was described by manager as requiring “maybe six weeks or two months out” on the sidelines “if it gets worse”.
Olise, meanwhile, withdrew from the France Under-21 squad while suffering from inflammation in his foot.
Completing Patrick Vieira’s concerns ahead of the Selhurst Park match-up are Nathan Ferguson’s hamstring injury and a doubt over James MacArthur.
“We will see how it is going to be tomorrow, but we have to wait for the next couple of days before thinking about [Zaha] starting training with the squad,” the Eagles boss said on Thursday.
“We will wait and see what happens. We have until Monday so hopefully he will get better, and he can have a couple of days of training with the team. We have to wait and see what will happen over the next couple of days.
“[Olise] is not ready to do some work outside. We have to wait day after day and see how he is feeling, and then we will see.”
Predicted Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyate, Hughes; Ayew, Mateta, Schlupp.
Paul Heckingbottom outlines Sheffield United transfer wish
Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom wants to address six or seven positions during the summer window, making this revelation to The Star following their play-off semi-final defeat to Nottingham Forest.
The 44-year-old will be keen for the Blades to act more swiftly in the market than they did last summer under Slavisa Jokanovic, only being able to get deals over the line in August despite Slavisa Jokanovic being appointed way back in May.
Bringing in Ben Davies, Morgan Gibbs-White, Conor Hourihane and Robin Olsen before recruiting Adlene Guedioura the following month, they addressed their previous lack of central midfield options and already had plenty of forward but found themselves short in other areas.
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One area they were particularly light was in the wing position with Jokanovic opting to move away from a back-three system, a decision that arguably cost the Serbian his job with a lack of orthodox options out wide stifling their process under the two-time Championship promotion-winning manager.
Heckingbottom has decided against utilising advanced wide players during his time in charge at Bramall Lane thus far, but still wants to address ‘six or seven’ areas going into the new second-tier campaign, with one of those confirmed to be the goalkeeping department.
However, it’s currently unclear what budget he will have with the South Yorkshire side currently the subject of a takeover bid from American businessman Henry Mauriss.
Starting from the back, Heckingbottom seems to be keen on retaining Davies and that certainly isn’t a bad stance to take considering how well the Welshman would probably step up to the plate if Wes Foderingham was ruled out of action.
One more option at right wing-back could be beneficial though depending on Ben Osborn’s future – and similar applies with the left side with Max Lowe potentially moving on permanently from Bramall Lane in the summer.
It’s the centre-back position that requires the most surgery out of those positions though with Filip Uremovic’s future uncertain, Charlie Goode returning to Brentford, Davies returning to Liverpool and Jack O’Connell potentially not ready to return.
A couple of options will probably be needed in midfield with Hourihane and Gibbs-White both departing, with a replacement for the latter particularly important because of the Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee’s impact at Bramall Lane during 2021/22. Sander Berge’s future will also determine who they will need.
Up top, David McGoldrick is set to depart on the expiration of his contract and that could persuade Heckingbottom to recruit a replacement, especially if Daniel Jebbison is made available for another loan or they want to try and cash in on Oli McBurnie, though it may be difficult to offload him at this stage.
‘The piece they need’ – Arteta and Arsenal identify signing, player expected to move
A week ago, we relayed news from Spain that Arsenal are in the picture for Álvaro Morata and he will not continue at Atlético Madrid for ‘various reasons’.
The striker is on loan at Juventus and they have an option to make his stay permanent for €35m. On Wednesday, Corriere dello Sport reported the Serie A side are ready to offer €15m plus €5m in bonuses.
AS have responded to Corriere’s claims and also mention Arsenal in today’s edition of the newspaper.
The Turin club’s offer of €15m plus bonuses ‘does not satisfy’ the La Liga side. The latter are aware it is ‘complicated’ to receive €35m from Juve, especially after they took Dušan Vlahović from Fiorentina in January.
Diego Simeone’s side are also aware the Spain international has a ‘good line-up on the international market’ and therefore, will not give him away to Juve or another club. In recent months, Arsenal and Barcelona ‘have joined as suitors’ of the 29-year-old.
The Gunners and Barca have the ex-Chelsea man on their ‘agenda’ this summer.
AS further explain the north London club, with Mikel Arteta at the helm, ‘understand that he is the piece they need’ next season. However, a lack of Champions League football next season could ‘work against’ Arsenal this summer.
The Premier League side are fifth in the table with 66 points, and are two points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur.