Neil Warnock admitted a sickening injury to Stern John had stripped the gloss from Crystal Palace's opening-day fightback in a 1-1 draw against Plymouth.

The striker, making his debut after a free transfer move from Southampton, suffered a suspected dislocated elbow after falling awkwardly in a 31st-minute challenge with Argyle goalkeeper Romain Larrieu.

"Stern's having an x-ray, but it looks like the elbow has dislocated, which is obviously unfortunate," Warnock said. "But that's the way football is, you have to get on with it. Considering what went on, I thought the players were terrific. We created 20 chances and we had to work very hard not to win the game."

John received five minutes of treatment on the field before being stretchered off and taken to a local hospital for x-rays. The Trinidadian is expected to be ruled out for several weeks.

Palace were already trailing after Kristzian Timar had struck from close range early on, but they rediscovered their composure and deservedly levelled midway through the second half when Alan Lee headed in Victor Moses' cross.

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