Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed Michael Olise has experienced a “serious” hamstring injury that is destined to be “crushing” for all included.
Hodgson has been scrutinized by fans after Olise was sent on at half-time in the 4-1 loss by Brighton on Saturday, just to limp off following 56 minutes.
Palace were 3-0 down when winger Olise, 22, was presented and he had additionally been constrained off during their past game.
“So many things turned out badly that might have gone right,” said Hodgson.
“However, we don’t have knowing the past and that is the issue.”
After the match, Hodgson safeguarded the choice to welcome on Olise by saying “everybody was very agreeable” with the London-born former France youth international being a substitute.
“They [the clinical team] told me and he let me know that he was fine to be on the seat and to play in the last part. Tragically, I don’t have a crystal ball,” Hodgson said.
Talking again on Thursday, while looking forward to Monday’s match against Chelsea, Hodgson dismissed allies’ cases that Olise previously had an actual issue yet confirmed he has now experienced a hamstring blow.
“It’s staggering for him, for the club, for everyone, as a matter of fact,” Hodgson said.
“I don’t think he was conveying a physical issue, I think it was more weariness.
“It’s difficult when you have a player like Olise on the seat to pivot and say ‘simply stay there’.”
Wounds have limited Olise to 11 appearances up to this point this season however he has scored six objectives and given three helps.
“Michael is a tranquil fellow and that is one more piece of this present circumstance,” Hodgson said.
“One more player could have come up and said, ‘Look, I don’t believe it’s worth the effort. I want a smidgen additional time.’
“Yet, that is unreasonable on him, he’s simply obliging the club’s thought process.”