Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur could give the club a ‘huge boost’ if he returns soon from injury, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.
The 34-year-old is yet to play this season after suffering another groin problem in the Eagles’ last preseason game against Ligue side Montpellier.
What’s the latest news regarding McArthur?
McArthur missed part of Palace’s preparations for 2022/23 before returning earlier than expected to face Gillingham Town and Queens Park Rangers.
However, the Scotland international faced a new fitness problem on the eve of the new season, which was a setback for both Palace and the player.
“It’s just a step backwards. It’s an injury,” said coach Patrick Vieira after a 4-2 win over Montpellier. “Hopefully it doesn’t take as long as we think.”
McArthur was limited to just 15 Premier League starts last season due to a serious hamstring problem and other problems, but he could be close to a return to action.
The current international break means Palace won’t have another game until early October when they take on Chelsea, potentially giving McArthur a chance to regain his fitness.
What did Barclay say about McArthur?
When asked about the importance of McArthur’s potential comeback next month, Barclay told GiveMeSport that Vieira “sang his praises” on numerous occasions last season.
He said: “Yes, If that’s the case, I think that’s a great asset. I think it suits their playstyle very well.
“I’ve attended a few of their press conferences this year, but last year there were a lot and Vieira praised him a lot. He seems like the kind of player who stays a little under the radar. I think the Palace fans fully appreciate what he brings to the game.”
How important is McArthur?
McArthur, who earns £55,000 a week, amassed four assists in 21 Premier League games in 2021/22 while also notching up some impressive underlying figures.
According to WhoScored, the hard-hitting Dynamo averaged 1.6 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 0.4 blocks and 0.8 key passes, placing him in the top five among his teammates on every metric.
New signing Cheick Doucoure has settled well in south London so far and McArthur could develop a strong partnership with the 22-year-old in the coming weeks.
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