16 October 2019 19:45
Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Aston Villa forward Tammy Abraham have pulled out of the England Under-21 squad due to injury. Both players were not fit to face Poland on Thursday in Bristol, a game which ended in a 1-1 draw, and will not recover in time for the Young Lions' next game, which takes place against Germany on Tuesday. According to the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace right-back Wan-Bissaka withdrew because of an unspecified problem. Wan-Bissaka has impressed to such an extent in his 27 Premier League appearances this season that he was tipped for a call-up to the senior side after Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled out of the senior England squad due to an injury of his own. Abraham has scored 21 goals in 32 matches for Villa so far in 2018/19, propelling them into the top six of the Championship as the Midlands club seek to return to the Premier League for the first time in five seasons.
The absence of both players will be a concern for England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd, whose side face Germany in Bournemouth ahead of the summer's European Under-21 Championship in Italy and San Marino. The Chalkboard: Wan-Bissaka injury gives Roy Hodgson ideal chance to help Meyer Crystal Palace announced on March 23 that defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka had withdrawn from the England U21 squad through injury, and his potential absence against Huddersfield Town this weekend gives Roy Hodgson the ideal opportunity to finally allow Max Meyer to flourish. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has withdrawn from the @England U21 squad through injury. Well, Wan-Bissaka has been one of the Eagles' top performers this season at right-back, but if he isn't fit to face the Terriers at Selhurst Park on Saturday then Hodgson will need to consider his options. The 71-year-old has preferred a 4-3-3 system this term, and with players like Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur, Cheikhou Kouyate and Jeffrey Schlupp impressing consistently, there often hasn't been much of a look in for Meyer in the starting XI.
The England Under-21 international has missed the last three matches through injury but is in line to make his return for the match at Turf Moor. Though Wan-Bissaka, who has emerged a summer transfer target for a number of leading Premier League clubs, is set to make his comeback, Hodgson will be without the services of Mamadou Sakho. Mamadou Sakho will miss the match against Burnley after undergoing an operation (Picture: Getty) 'Aaron Wan-Bissaka's fit again now, that's a boost for us,' confirmed the Palace manager. 'We are going to miss him [Sakho] until such time as he gets fit for us. Lineker name-checked numerous highly rated England players on Twitter but not the Eagles star. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made quite a name for himself as one of the best youngsters in the Premier League since his breakthrough into the Crystal Palace team last season. The 21-year-old's Eagles debut came about due to an injury crisis at Selhurst Park, with even the official club website describing it as an "enforced" change at the time. Nonetheless, out of adversity comes opportunity, and Wan-Bissaka has prospered under Roy Hodgson's tutelage to the point that he is now indispensable for Palace. Indeed, he has made 31 appearances in all competitions this season, including 27 in the Premier League, according to Transfermarkt, while at international level, he has turned out for England Under-21s. Needless to say, Wan-Bissaka is right up there with the best English youngsters around at the minute, but one of the country's leading pundits, Gary Lineker, did not include him in his Twitter list of home-grown prospects (unless you count the "I could go on" bit at the end): Just because Crystal Palace beat Leicester every time they play eachother doesn't mean you can't give Aaron Wan-Bissaka credit. Wan Bissaka is going to be the best right back we've ever had. Wan bissaka — doug2121 (@dougCPFC) March 25, 2019 Can't forget Wan-Bissaka — Ashley (@AClarredge) March 26, 2019 Wan-Bissaka, along with Aston Villa and Chelsea's Tammy Abraham, missed the Under-21s 1-1 draw with Poland in Bristol last Thursday and was then decided they will not be fit to face Germany on Tuesday (Daily Mail). Wilfried Zaha injury update before Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield When the Premier League restarts this weekend, Crystal Palace take on Huddersfield at Selhurst Park. Prior to the international break, Watford beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup quarterfinals. Wilfried Zaha played no part in the Watford match as Palace's star player was sidelined with a hamstring problem. To the chagrin of Palace fans, Zaha subsequently left south London during the international break to join up with the Ivory Coast squad. Will Zaha be back for Palace against Huddersfield? Wilfried Zaha due back in England today after not playing a minute of international football for Ivory Coast. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is injured On Saturday, it was confirmed that Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka is injured. Wan-Bissaka Was forced to leave the England under-21 setup with a knock.