Date: 9th September 2016 at 5:09pm
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With the recent news of Loic Remy’s return to Chelsea for treatment following his reported thigh injury, manager Alan Pardew has admitted it is a blow ahead of the Middlesbrough game because the player had been extremely lively during training.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC in his pre game press conference, Pardew admitted we also had a few other worries ahead of the match as well.

Speaking about Remy to begin with, he explained.

‘It’s a tear in his thigh and that’s an area where recovery is difficult, obviously because of shooting and stuff like that, so you have to be careful. We were so disappointed because he had looked great in training. It was a very innocuous moment on the training ground and sadly that happens. We, fortunately, have enough cover to cope without him for this period, but look forward to his return.’

He also confirmed reports that he would be out for around the eight week mark.

‘I think the figures that have been pushed around are about right, about 7 or 8 weeks – something like that – he’ll be out. We’ve been in talks with Chelsea, and their medical team and our medical team have been in contact and obviously that’s important as he isn’t our player. He’s a player that I felt would have really affected the first team, but that equation has gone away from me. I still have some very, very good players here of course.’

As for the rest of the squad, he said.

‘We’re fingers crossed really on three or four of ours today. I can’t really give you an answer because we’re touch-and-go on a few guys today – a lot of Premier League teams will be the same, those coming back from internationals and injuries that you carried into this break, but I think we’ll have a strong side to face Middlesbrough.’

He also spoke about new signing Mathieu Flamini’s winning mentality and the difference he believed he would make to the side this season following his arrival as a free agent.

‘Whenever I watched Arsenal and Mathieu was in the side, he always gave them that winning mentality and he always knew how to get the team over the line, even though he was playing in some very young sides. That experience, I think, and that winning mentality I want to try to ingrain here, so I bought him not just as a player, but as a kind of figurehead for that process. We’re looking to play with the ball more and if you’re going to play with the ball more you can’t cut down on your security – he’ll add to that. He’ll come in to direct competition with Joe Ledley and Yohan Cabaye in that role. I think he’ll push them very, very hard.’

Pardew also confirmed he was in contention for his debut, despite only having two sessions with the group following his arrival.

‘I think physically he is ready. But he hasn’t really trained with players, he’s trained on an individual basis. He’s very, very fit, but whether he’s up to game speed I don’t know. I’m still going to take him this weekend, because I just think having him around – and his knowledge – will be important. Like having another coach!’

With Scott Dann being named as our Player of the Month the other day, Pardew obviously had praise for our skipper.

‘Well of course he’s the new captain here and his performances have to reflect that. It just shows the measure of him that he gets the captain’s armband and immediately wins Player of the Month. He sets the standards on the playing field, at the training ground here, and we’re lucky to have him. He’s in terrific form.’

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