Crystal Palace have the unenviable task of facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this Sunday, but there is some positive news on the injury front for the London club.
Speaking at Friday’s press conference, Roy Hodgson was able to confirm that James MacArthur, Wilfried Zaha and Cheik Kouyate are likely to be available for selection for the Premier League tie.
“The three players who suffered minor knocks who were not able to travel to Middlesborough, being MacArthur, Wilf, and Cheik … have recovered well, as I hoped that they would and they will be fine, and it is always nice to have that confirmed.”
“They provide us with good news, the recovery is good.”
There was setback revealed by the former England manager however, in that Connor Wickham has picked up an injury that will rule him out for the weekend.
“Benteke is making good progress, Ward is still recovering from a thigh strain and Connor Wickham has picked up new thigh strain which is a huge disappointment as we were harbouring the notion he’d be fit to take part.”
Palace are currently 14th in the Premier League with just eight points from their opening ten league games. Hodgson managed to lead The Eagles to an 11th-place finish last May but so far this season Palace have struggled.
Chelsea are the hot favourites to take all three points on Sunday and with good reason too; they remain undefeated after ten league games and are just two points of the summit.
Hodgson will be hoping to upset the odds, however, just as his side did last weekend when they turned over a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Arsenal.