Being sidelined with injury can be a trying time for any professional footballer, but it appears Premier League forward Marouane Chamakh has had it particularly difficult over the festive period with the hamstring injury he picked up.
The former Arsenal and current Crystal Palace striker has been forced to miss the congested fixtures over Christmas and New Year, which saw the relegation-threatened club sack Neil Warnock and replace him with Alan Pardew in time for a straightforward 4-0 win over non-League Dover Athletic in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
While his teammates were preparing for the trip to the coast against the plucky minnows Chamakh was, according to the Daily Mail, enjoying a night out on the tiles with a pair of women famous for being twins and Playboy models at the same time, though the latter is probably more responsible for making Carla and Melissa Howe minor celebrities.
The report claims that the Moroccan star treated the 24-year-old sisters to a fine night out at well-known London nightspots Chinawhite and Beat. Pictures from the story – which you can see by clicking here – show Chamakh holding hands with one of them, though GMS isn’t sure which as they seem to be quite similar looking.
Originally from somewhere in Berkshire, the Howe twins now jet off all over the world to be in music videos, photo shoots and be Playboy bunnies with Hugh Hefner in his big house and terrible dressing gown.
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Chamakh would certainly not be the first Premier League footballer to be seen stepping out with a glamour model and he probably won’t be the last. However, he will have to get his mind back on a more daunting task than entertaining Playboy twins of an evening.
Crystal Palace are currently sitting 18th in the Premier League table and are well and truly in the midst of a relegation dogfight – something that had many people puzzled over Pardew’s choice to take over at Selhurst Park.
Goals have been one of their bigger problems so far this season and Chamakh hasn’t exactly contributed a great deal in that area. He has only a single strike so far in all competitions and has struggled to build on what was a more promising season under Tony Pulis last term.
Other than his first few months after joining Arsenal on a free transfer in 2010, the 30-year-old has struggled to recreate the blistering form he showed in Ligue 1 with Bordeaux. A loan move to Palace a couple of seasons ago was made permanent once his contract with the Gunners expired.