Crystal Palace players in tears after ‘haunting’ Eberechi Eze injury, reveals Andros Townsend

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 (AP)
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Andros Townsend has revealed Crystal Palace players were in tears after Eberechi Eze ruptured his Achilles on the day he found out he was being called up England.

The incident happened in training earlier this month, with Eze now having undergone surgery to solve the issue.

It was a bitter blow for the 22-year-old, who has impressed during his first season in the Premier League, and Townsend has revealed it was even worse as Eze found out straight after he had been called up by England.

The attacking midfielder was due to be in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad for the Euros and he read the text confirming that just moments after he ruptured his Achilles.

“He fell to the floor,” Townsend told talkSPORT. “He thought somebody kicked him, we all thought somebody kicked him because it sounded like that, as he’s turned around and realised nobody was around him, the shock started to set in as you know what it is.

“The shock in his face when he ruptured his Achilles, it haunts me when I go to sleep at night thinking about this young player who’s probably my closest mate at the club since he’s joined, we’ve really helped each other, for him to have such a serious injury is really sad.

“As soon as he got in the dressing room and turned on his phone there was a message from England to say he was in the provisional squad. That compounded his misery and a lot of us were in tears. It was a sad day.

“He’s had his surgery now and hopefully he’s on the mend and I know the player he is and character he is, he’s going to come back strong.”

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