Yannick Bolasie has revealed that he feels close to 100% recovered from the hip issue that caused him to miss close to two months of Premier League action and now hopes to help Palace re-find their form
"Pretty much [back to 100%]," he said, when asked if he was fully fit. "It's a case of getting match fitness for myself now. I feel strong and I feel all right. Now the hardest thing is match fitness."
The winger spent his time on the sidelines working hard on recovering quicker than expected, eager to help the Eagles back up the table after a rocky start to 2016.
"I was just concentrating on trying to come back earlier than the date that was scheduled for me to come back," he said. "The team were losing, which wasn't really good. You get them periods in the Premier League. It's a tough league, every week you're going to get a decent challenge from every team, you can lose a game so easily.
"It's been a bit different compared to when I left, when we were fifth in the league," he said of the mood in the camp. "It's been a bit weird to be honest. The FA Cup victories have lifted the club a little bit, but the main thing for us is the league form, trying to correct that.
"I couldn't put a finger on one thing [that's gone wrong]. There's been a lot of injuries, not just to myself. We got injuries at the wrong time and the timing of those injuries [affected us]."
Despite a terrible two months in the league, Palace's spirited second half display against West Bromwich Albion, in which Connor Wickham hit a brace, Bolasie's return and the recovery of several other offensive players are all positives going in to the game against Sunderland on Tuesday night.
"For myself, I just want to come [back] and enjoy it. I just want to be happy," he said. "I'm delighted to be playing, back playing on the pitch, so hopefully I can help towards [a strong finish] and I'm confident that I can.
"Sako's back now and Connor got two [against West Brom], so his confidence is there. Ade's got to get more fitness as well and you can't forget Gayley, his sharp-shooting, he's the best finisher at this club."
"It's hard to say, but looking at it properly you'd have to say you are [in a relegation battle]. You don't want to go to Sunderland and not get a good result up there, because then you'll start really looking over your shoulder and at all the other results.
"We don't really want to get in to that, so it's best for us to try to win and try to kick on tomorrow. We just have to make sure we start really well, we need a much better start than we had at West Brom, for sure.
"One win in the league will definitely change a lot of things for us - 100%," he added.