Roy Hodgson has been boosted ahead of Saturday's match against Brighton & Hove Albion with the news that both Christian Benteke and Alexander Sørloth have returned to training.
Benteke missed last weekend's game at Bournemouth with a groin injury but on Thursday returned to training whilst Sørloth, who has been missing in recent matches with a hamstring injury, was also involved in the session 48 hours ahead of Saturday's game.
Hodgson speaking at his pre-match press conference said."Alexander Sørloth trained for the first time today and came through the session well whilst Christian Benteke has made enormous progress. He joined in the initial part of our session before going back to our sports science staff to make 100% certain it is not going to be too early to get back to action. If he can train tomorrow, as we hope he will, then he will be available."
The manager also updated us on the progress of defender Jeffrey Schlupp who has made quicker progress on his recovery path than was expected.
"Schlupp won’t be out for too much longer. He is closer than he should be after the nasty injury he picked up at Huddersfield Town. There were thoughts that it might take as long as eight weeks to recover but its now only 4-5 since we played that game and he is already showing signs of being back on the field with us soon but I’m in the hands of the medical people.
"For the first time, we might have a squad that gives me options to change people, bring others on in later stages of the game or change the formation in games if needed so I’m looking forward to that."