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Palace striker Wickham faces long spell out

Britain Soccer Football - AFC Wimbledon v Crystal Palace - Pre Season Friendly - Cherry Red Records Stadium - 16/17 - 27/7/16 Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace Action Images via Reuters / Adam Holt/ Files
Britain Soccer Football - AFC Wimbledon v Crystal Palace - Pre Season Friendly - Cherry Red Records Stadium - 16/17 - 27/7/16 Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace Action Images via Reuters / Adam Holt/ Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

An MRI scan revealed damage to his right anterior cruciate ligament sustained during the 5-4 loss at Swansea City on Saturday.

"He will now undergo surgery and his return to action will be confirmed once rehabilitation starts following surgery," Palace said in a statement on their website without saying how long he would be out for.

Wickham scored in the two games before the defeat by Swansea, a result that left Palace one place above the relegation zone after six consecutive defeats.

Palace host Southampton on Saturday.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond)

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