Cheikhou Kouyate fears he’ll miss start of new season

Cheikhou Kouyate fears he’ll miss the start of new season.

Midfielder Kouyate joined Palace from West Ham for £10million late on Wednesday after agreeing on terms on a four-year contract at Selhurst Park.

New Crystal Palace signing Cheikhou Kouyate says he may not be fit for the beginning of the new Premier League season.

The 28-year-old Senegal international returned from a summer holiday after the World Cup only last week and, as a result, now faces a race to be ready for the start of the new season.

Kouyate has just over a week until Palace play Fulham at Craven Cottage on an opening day next Saturday.

He was due to train with Palace for the first time today and should play against Toulouse in their final pre-season friendly, at Selhurst Park on Saturday, which will help build his fitness.