Fitness fight frustrates Ambrose

Palace star eager to avoid sitting out another key game

Ambrose: Doubtful for visit of Hull

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Darren Ambrose has admitted his frustration at an injury-hit season with Crystal Palace.

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The 26-year-old midfielder scored a career-best 20 goals last season as Palace avoided relegation from the Championship on the final day.

But this term the former Ipswich and Newcastle man's progress has been hindered by a series of fitness problems.

Ambrose has been fit enough to start the last five games, scoring three goals in the process, but he is now doubtful for Saturday's visit of fellow strugglers Hull.

"It has got to go down as the most frustrating season of my entire career," he told the Croydon Advertiser.

Hardly training

"I've never had a period like it. At the moment I'm hardly training. I play on the Saturday, then it seems to take my body a whole week to recover."

Ambrose currently trying to overcome a dead leg he suffered in the 2-1 defeat at Leeds last Saturday.

Palace led going into the last 10 minutes before a Luciano Becchio brace denied the Eagles a victory which would have taken them out of the relegation zone.

"At Leeds there was a whack on the leg just above my right knee," Ambrose explained.

"I felt it seizing up but I wanted to be part of what we thought was going to be a big win and managed to get through the 90 minutes.

"Then on the Sunday it had swollen up like a balloon and the blood was draining into my knee.

"It has settled down a bit now. It will still be a race to be ready for Saturday but that's what we're aiming for."