James Tomkins remains sidelined as Palace host Everton in Premier League opener

The centre-back also missed the end of last season with an injury picked up at Newcastle in April.

By Press Association Published: 9 August 2019 - 5.55pm

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Crystal Palace will be without James Tomkins for their Premier League opener at home to Everton on Saturday.

The centre-back missed the end of last season with a groin injury sustained at Newcastle in April.

Roy Hodgson will also be without Mamadou Sakho (knee) and Jeffrey Schlupp (ankle), but the former England boss is happy with his squad heading into the new campaign.

Fabian Delph will be unable to make his Premier League bow for Everton as they begin their season.

The England midfielder’s thigh injury suffered in a pre-season friendly precludes his involvement at Selhurst Park, while veteran left-back Leighton Baines is doubtful.

Manager Marco Silva may hand top-flight debuts to Djibril Sidibe, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean though fellow new arrival Jonas Lossl is unlikely to dislodge Jordan Pickford between the posts.

Provisional Palace squad: Guaita, Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Dan, Milivojevic, McArthur, Meyer, Townsend, Kouyate, Benteke, Ayew, Zaha.

Everton provisional squad: Pickford, Stekelenburg, Lossl, Holgate, Keane, Mina, Digne, Baines, Coleman, Sidibe, Martina, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Mirallas, Bernard, Andre Gomes, Gbamin, Davies, Iwobi, Walcott, Tosun, Niasse, Kean, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.