By Mark Smith

6th Nov, 2020 | 4:10pm

'Unfortunately...' - Roy Hodgson confirms triple Crystal Palace blow ahead of Leeds clash

Roy Hodgson has confirmed a triple injury blow for Crystal Palace ahead of the Premier League clash with Leeds United on Saturday.

Palace will be without the defensive trio of Tyrick Mitchell, Joel Ward and James Tomkins for the game at Selhurst Park.

Leeds aren’t without their own worries though, with Kalvin Phillips, Rodrigo and Diego Llorente all missing for the trip to the capital.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Hodgson confirmed he would be without three of his main defenders.

“Joel Ward, Tyrick Mitchell and unfortunately James Tomkins are not available for this weekend,” he said. “We have had no change to long-term injuries.”

It’s a big blow for Palace, who have had to make a makeshift defence work in recent weeks in the Premier League.

Looking at their defeat against Wolves last week, Hodgson was forced to use Cheick Kouyate alongside Scott Dann.

Mitchell will be the biggest blow for Palace, with the youngster having shined since his breakthrough over the summer.

The 21-year-old featured in the first six games of the season, and missed the game against Wolves, handing a chance to Patrick Van Aanholt.

Many Palace fans reacted to the news of his absence, and they weren’t looking forward to watching the Dutchman fill in once again down the left.

Given their reactions, it could be a big afternoon for Helder Costa, who will be looking to take advantage of any defensive fragilities.

In other Leeds United news, Tony Dorigo predicts Whites clash v Crystal Palace