Crystal Palace chairman Parish expects 'returning' Wickham to help Ayew & Co. to revive club's fortunes

The Eagles have struggled to score goals this season but with the striker returning from an injury layoff, the club's chairman is hopeful of a change

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is hoping that striker Connor Wickham will recover fully to combine with Jordan Ayew and Alex Sorloth as the club aims at a quick turn around of results in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has been out of competitive action for almost two years following a knee ligament injury he sustained in 2016 but he stepped up his return from injury this week .

Roy Hodgson's charges have struggled to find the back of the net, especially at home after four games, and the expectations are higher for the former Sunderland star as he netted in a 5-0 win for Palace against Dulwich Hamlet in a fundraising friendly on Friday.

Ayew, on the other hand, has experienced a frustrating 391 minutes without a goal, while Sorloth who arrived from Midtjylland, is yet to prove himself to the club's faithful after seven appearances.

"Connor is coming back and we have all got our fingers crossed for him," Parish said, as quoted by Football.London

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"He is back in training and I have the odd text chat with him to give him a bit of encouragement, it has been a dark time for him.

"I know the roof will certainly come off at Selhurst Park when he comes back, because he can give us a lot, along with Alex [Sorloth] and Jordan [Ayew]," he added.

Ayew is likely to start for Palace against Everton at Goodison Park after the international break alongside topscorer Winfred Zaha.