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No target for Wickham


Connor Wickham

Connor Wickham

Connor Wickham

Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham has tempered his targets for 2019, with fitness his first objective.

Rather than set a goal target, Wickham is just keen to play more after two years out with a serious knee injury.

"I've not really set myself any targets this year," Wickham said. "It's just about staying fit, being in the manager's eye and available for selection. Hopefully that's what I'll achieve."

Wickham believes he offers a different dimension to Palace's forward play, with boss Roy Hodgson having favoured a fluid front two of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend so far this season.

The striker insists he is ready to start, but admits playing a full game may have to wait.

"I'll always feel like I'm ready," Wickham added. "90 minutes is a different question, but to start a game I'd be fine."

While 2018 was a year to forget for Wickham, Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka enjoyed a fine time after being promoted to the starting XI due to an injury crisis in February.

The 21-year-old academy graduate has not looked back and is tipped for a senior England call-up in the coming months.

"I didn't expect the breakthrough to come the way it has. I'm grateful for it and I'll take the chances," he said.