Crystal Palace fans respond on Twitter to Connor Wickham's message

Crystal Palace fans with banners and flags during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England.

Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace could really do with Connor Wickham back as Roy Hodgson's side toil in front of goal.

Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace leaves the stadium on crutches during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Crystal Palace at Liberty Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Swansea,...

With Christian Benteke potentially out until 2019 due to injury, and Aleksander Sorloth yet to score a Premier League goal, the return of Connor Wickham could hardly be better timed.

Wickham has not made a single competitive appearance for Crystal Palace since suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Swansea City 23 months ago. But the former Sunderland and Ipswich star edged ever closer to a long-awaited first-team return on Thursday.

Wickham played 45 minutes of football in a friendly clash against Dulwich Hamlet and looked very sharp.

Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace during the Pre-Season Friendly between Boreham Wood and Crystal Palace at Meadow Park on July 31, 2018 in Borehamwood, England.

The 25-year-old scored with a bullet header, saw a long-range drive tipped on to the post, and showcased the power and speed that Crystal Palace have been severely lacking in attack throughout this season.

No wonder Wickham, and the Palace fans, are very excited about his return to the fold.

Crystal Palace have won just two of their eight Premier League games so far in 2018/19, scoring a paltry five goals in that time. Perhaps more worryingly, Roy Hodgson’s side have not hit the back of the net at Selhurst Park all season.

So Wickham’s return cannot come soon enough.

Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace (R) celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on November 19,...

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