Crystal Palace must bring in centre-back to replace Dann

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Southampton, England.

The experienced Crystal Palace defender is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Scott Dann of Crystal Palace looks dejected during the Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on September 10, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Crystal Palace will have to cope without defender Scott Dann for the remainder of the season as a consequence of the cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered during the draw with Manchester City last weekend.

As reported by The Guardian, Dann, along with midfielder Jason Puncheon, is set for a lengthy absence having injured himself in a challenge of City's Kevin De Bruyne.

Scott Dann of Crystal Palace and Jordan Ayew of Swansea City battle for possession during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park on August 26,...

While Puncheon has been a fringe member of the Palace squad this season, Dann has been a mainstay and has frequently captained the side.

Dann's experience and reading of the game are extremely useful assets, and, deprived of those, Palace could struggle. They coped well enough last night as they overcame Southampton away with a 2-1 victory, but over the rest of the season they could well find matters difficult if they don't bring in a replacement for Dann.

Scott Dann of Crystal Palace is injured as Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on...

Martin Kelly can fill in at centre-back alongside James Tomkins, but Palace surely require another option at the heart of the defence, with Damien Delaney nearing the end of his career and Jairo Reidewald not possessing enough experience.

Roy Hodgson has certainly helped to improve matters significantly at Palace, with the club up to 14th place in the Premier League, but there is still much work to be done, and a new centre-back should be brought in, even if it is only on loan.

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