Crystal Palace fear Max Meyer might have suffered ligament damage after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s red card challenge on Saturday afternoon.
Initially only shown a yellow, Aubameyang’s red card was upgraded to a red upon a VAR review and there was no argument. It was a terrible tackle and even Mikel Arteta felt obliged to apologise for it after the game. There was no shirking responsibility.
It was a bad tackle. “I just watched it and it looked nasty, to be fair,” Arteta said. “Knowing Auba, there’s no intention to make such a tackle.
“Hopefully, he hasn’t been injured and we are sorry for that. The decision was made and we have to accept it.”
Unfortunately, Palace boss Roy Hodgson fears there could be ligament damage.
“The position of his ankle as the challenge comes in is not a pleasant thing to see,” Hodgson said after the game. “I’d be very surprised if there isn’t any ligament damage there but we won’t know that until Monday.”
Auba will now sit out the next three games unless Arsenal appeal and it is overturned which seems unlikely.
Should Meyer have ligament damage, however, he will be out for a lot longer than that.