Crystal Palace have been handed a major boost by the return of two players ahead of their match against Arsenal on Saturday January 20, 2018 at the Emirates Stadium.
Defender Joel Ward, who has been out of the last one month with a groin injury, has been training for the last ten days and will be in contention for Saturday’s tie. He is joined by Yohan Cabaye who was not involved in the previous game.
Even as the two make a comeback, the club still has injury concerns with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend and Mamadou Sakho still on the recovery list.
The one case that worries Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is that of Loftus-Cheek who is set for a longer spell in the sidelines.
“Ruben Loftus-Cheek is facing another 2-3 weeks on the sidelines and then will be reassessed and that could be a negative assessment for him so that is a major concern,’’ said Hodgson.
‘The injury is more severe than we originally thought, or perhaps hoped, it would be.’
‘I would be very disappointed, surgery or no surgery, if he’s not playing before the end of the season. We certainly want him to be and I would presume Chelsea would want him to be because they might like to have a player who’s going to be selected for England in their squad but there’s literally nothing we can do about it.
`The only way he can make himself available for Crystal Palace or England is to be fit and at the moment that isn’t the case.’