Dann injury blow rocks Palace ahead of Sunderland trip

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Crystal Palace suffered another injury blow in central defence last night – with a crucial Premier League trip to Sunderland looming on Saturday.

Alan Pardew’s men went down 2-0 at Southampton in the EFL Cup third round, and their misery was compounded when Palace captain Scott Dann went off with a suspected hamstring injury in the 19th minute.

That Dann had to be taken off three days after fellow central defender James Tomkins was substituted as a precaution will concern the manager, who must now turn his attentions to Saturday’s Premier League visit to Sunderland.

He remains confident Tomkins will return for the Stadium of Light clash, but said of Dann: “We’ll have to wait and see (what his condition) is.

“It was his hamstring, I think. You can’t tell with hamstrings, you really can’t.”