Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has suggested that Loic Remy could be fit to play against Bolton Wanderers next week.
The French striker has yet to make his Eagles debut since signing on loan from Chelsea back in August after picking up a couple of injuries, however the new Palace boss has said that he hopes that should the attacker come through a couple of practice games in the next week, he could make his bow in the FA Cup third round.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Arsenal, Allardyce said: "He's back into full training with the lads but we really need to give him a couple of games behind closed doors. I would say that if everything goes alright from that point of view, then the earliest we might see Loic we be at Bolton in the cup.
"It would be nice if he could come back for the second half of the season. He has a set of skills that would suit the team if he stayed fit, so that could be a big bonus to us going into the second half of then season."
Meanwhile, Allardyce has said that the weekend's game might be too soon for a trio of Eagles who are edging nearer a first-team return, and feel as though the game against Swansea City just two days later may be a better option for them.
"It's difficult to say at this moment in time but none of McArthur, Ledley or Tomkins have declared themselves fit yet yet," he added. "There's an outside chance for Arsenal but I think at this stage I can't say either way, but with there being two games in such a short period of time, there will be a calculation taken tomorrow on whether they'll be fit or not, and whether they can play two games in two days.
"Some might come back for Arsenal and others for Swansea, I can't see us playing them all in the team and trying to give them two games when they're just coming back from an injury lay-off."