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Hennessey Available For Newcastle Game

19 October 2017

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Wayne Hennessey is available for selection again ahead of Palace's trip to Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Welsh goalkeeper missed his side's 2-1 win against Chelsea last Saturday with a calf injury sustained at the end of his country's defeat to the Republic of Ireland during the last international break, with Julian Speroni making his first league appearance since May 2016 in his place.

Now with Hennessey fit again, Hodgson will have a decision to make as to who dons the gloves for the game against the Magpies.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Eagles boss said: "Wayne Hennessey has recovered from the kick he received playing against Ireland, so we have a clean bill of health.

"We're lucky that we have no further injuries, apart from the two long-term ones in Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham.

"They both seem to be progressing quite well and I've spoekn to Christian a couple of times and he's feeling very confident about being back ahead of schedule."

Palace have also been boosted by the return of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was unable to play against Chelsea due to the terms of his loan agreement, but he too will travel to Tyneside aiming to play in his first game in nearly a month.


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