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    Crystal Palace dealt Schlupp blow ahead of Arsenal


    Crystal Palace have this afternoon been dealt a blow on the injury-front, after Jeffrey Schlupp was forced off during the club’s clash with Manchester City.

    Crystal Palace vs Man City

    Roy Hodgson’s Eagles are currently locked in action with champions City at Selhurst Park, in a Premier League matchup.

    Palace headed into proceedings on the back of a crucial 1-0 win at Newcastle last time out, a result which all-but secured their top-flight status for another season.

    Pep Guardiola’s visitors, meanwhile, fell to their first defeat across all competitions since January on Wednesday night, when the Citizens were put to the sword by Tottenham in the first-leg of the all-English Champions League quarter-final tie between the clubs.

    Heung-min Son

    Heung-Min Son celebrates during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final first-leg between Tottenham and Manchester City. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

    Back on the domestic front, though, a 3-point haul this afternoon would see City leapfrog Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League table once again (at least temporarily).

    Sterling on target

    And the opening 45 minutes at Selhurst Park has since seen the Sky Blues set themselves up to do just that.

    After Raheem Sterling somehow managed to slide an early sitter beyond the right-hand post from 8 yards, the English international went on to make up for his miss with a superb finish with a quarter of an hour gone.

    After being released by a pinpoint Kevin De Bruyne through-ball, Sterling found the roof of Vicente Guaita’s net from a tight angle to open the game’s scoring.

    And City have since taken their 1-goal advantage into the interval.

    Schlupp crocked

    A tough first-half for hosts Crystal Palace, meanwhile, during which the Londoners struggled to gain any sort of control of proceedings, also saw the Eagles dealt a blow on the injury front.

    The player to have picked up the problem was Jeffrey Schlupp, following a strong challenge from Vincent Kompany.

    Schlupp was subsequently forced to limp off, to be replaced by Cheikhou Kouyate.

    As such, the Ghanaian immediately appears to be in doubt to feature in Palace’s next outing, versus Arsenal next weekend.

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