Crystal Palace are ninth in the Premier League, with 12 points from eight games, but they are in the midst of an almost unprecedented injury crisis as they enter the international break.
That has come at the perfect time for manager Roy Hodgson, who saw Jeffrey Schlupp and Jairo Riedewald both succumb to injuries in the 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
It meant the number of players out injured climbed into double digits. Neither Michael Olise nor Eberechi Eze are due back in time to face Newcastle United on October 21 and Hodgson will be bemoaning his misfortune.
This is against a backdrop of steady performances and decent results in the opening fixtures. Despite those injury problems and the small squad — with Palace having only used 18 players this season — they have managed capably so far.
The fixture list following the break does not appear to present a significant challenge, but the next two games, against Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, will be a test for a squad that has been stretched to breaking point by those injuries.
Getting through that challenge will be key to ensuring the mood remains relatively upbeat.
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