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Scott Dann Remains A Doubt For Sunderland’s Visit On Monday Night

Neil Warnock has admitted that he’s still unsure whether or not injured central defender Scott Dann will be fit in time to face Sunderland at Selhurst Park on Monday.

The former Blackburn man has been sidelined with a knee injury since we travelled to face Hull at the beginning of October, and now, with our next league fixture just over four days away, the manager remains uncertain if he’ll be fit in time to regain his place in the starting XI.

He said:

“Scott has done some running this week following on from the straight running previously, and he was a little bit sore.

“He is set to push his training up though on Thursday, so we’ll have to see.

“With Damien Delaney suspended last week, it’s given people like Brede Hangeland an opportunity, and he’s taken it, hasn’t he? I thought he was super on Saturday.”

With any ligament injury, there has to be a level of flexibility in any schedules surrounding a return to full fitness, as demonstrated by Scott’s soreness after a period of light running this week. Hopefully there will be no adverse effects from his attempts to increase the intensity of his training this morning, and he will be considered for a starting role on Monday, but it does always pay to be patient in these situations.

As Damien Delaney returns from a suspension, we will more than likely start with he and Brede Hangeland partnering one another in the heart of defence if Dann is indeed absent, which after two impressive performances from the Norweigian, isn’t quite as scary a prospect as first thought.

Without a clean sheet in our last three games, a solid defensive display would be more than welcome against a Sunderland side who have been struggling massively of late.

Despite it being extremely early in the league season, it already feels like a huge game for both teams, the pressure to perform is well and truly on.

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Warnock To Face No FA Action In Relation To Clattenburg Suspension

Neil Warnock will not be punished by the FA for his part in Mark Clattenburg’s recent breach of refereeing regulations, regardless of the phone call the 65-year-old initiated with the official in the aftermath of last weekend’s Premier League game against West Brom.

Conversations between referees and managers are expected to take place at a designated time roughly 30 minutes after a game has ended, with both assistants required to be present for the sake of integrity, but Clattenburg broke those regulations by taking a phone call from Warnock whilst alone on his way to Newcastle for an Ed Sheeran concert.

Whilst Clattenburg is expected to adhere to the rules, there is nothing stopping Warnock or any other manager from attempting to initiate a conversation with an official, leaving the Palace boss in the clear after the game’s governing body decided not to punish him for his words about the official’s performance after the game either.

Although nothing untoward is believed to have been discussed between the two, this comes as the latest in a string of unwanted incidents for Clattenburg, who without the presence of Howard Webb, is now regarded by some as one of the “elite” referees in the country.

With Stuart Atwell having been drafted in as as a replacement for him this weekend, his immediate top flight future remains unclear, although you would expect him to return the following weekend, despite a rather large slap on the wrist from the FA.

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