They face Manchester United this weekend before welcoming Chelsea to Selhurst Park after the global break, and Hodgson has warned it may take some time to turn Palace's fortunes around. Last season, United completed the double in the Premier League and they will be confident of doing the same this weekend. The absence of Fellaini is a bit of a blow for Jose Mourinho's side, who is already missing midfielders Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick through injury. Manchester United are flying at the moment and are expect to run riot against the devastated Crystal Palace who are traveling to Manchester without a striker.
Manchester United has an opportunity to reach the top of the Premier League table with its local rival, Manchester City playing later in the day in a tricky match at Chelsea.
Hodgson has lost 1-0 to Southampton and 5-0 to Manchester City so far and perhaps there were a few names in the Championship the Eagles should have considered as an alternative to the 70-year-old. Fellaini will sit out Saturday's home game against Crystal Palace, but he could return for United's next contest, away to Liverpool on October 14. "But I would doubt it, because I think he would have mentioned it to me".
Hodgson told reporters: "There's never a good time to play Man United and there is always a good time to play them". It all started with Romelu Lukaku breaking the deadlock in as early as the fourth minute before Anthony Martial made it two with a calmly taken penalty.
"I want to see a team that shows the fans that they really care".
Crystal Palace: Hennessy; Ward, Dann, Sakho, van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Cabaye; Townsend, Sako, Schlupp; Ladapo. Not only have they not won a match yet this season, not only have they not even earned one single point yet this season, they have yet to score a single goal this season.