Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon have been ruled out for the remainder of the season after Roy Hodgson confirmed both had suffered serious knee injuries in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City . Both were hurt attempting to challenge City’s Kevin De Bruyne , who also had to come off with an injury at the same time as Puncheon.
Their absences mean the loss of two of Palace’s leaders, given both are regularly named captain, and further reduce the team’s options in positions in which they are already short. Dann had been deputising for fellow central defender Mamadou Sakho, absent with a calf problem, and even before Puncheon’s injury was diagnosed Hodgson had wanted a new midfielder to strengthen his options there.
“They both have cruciate knee ligament injuries,” said the Palace manager after his side’s 2-1 victory at Southampton. “It’s very bad news. Dann has got a cruciate knee ligament and meniscus injury, to his anterior cruciate, and Jason Puncheon has got a rupture in his posterior cruciate ligament.