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Kelly & Hennessey Out Of Man City Match

21 December 2018

Roy Hodgson has revealed at his pre-match press conference that Martin Kelly and Wayne Hennessey will both be missing from the squad at Manchester City on Saturday.

Hennessey missed last Saturday’s victory against Leicester City with a back injury and he hasn’t recovered sufficiently for this weekend although it is hoped he will be ready to return to training early next week. 

"We thought he would have recovered but he hasn't so his back spasm hasn't totally passed over although it's a lot better but he tried to train yesterday and it went ok, but he needs a couple more days and he should be in training for Monday," revealed the Palace boss as he spoke ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium.  

Defender Kelly felt an injury to his abductor muscle towards the end of last weekend’s match and even though he played on he has not been able to participate in training in the last few days and is unavailable for the game against Manchester City.

"He carried on playing in the game and that went well but the day after the game it was found that he had a slight strain and even though I don't think it will keep him out for any length of time, it does rule him out of the game tomorrow," said Hodgson, who also updated on the fitness of one of his midfielders. 

Cheikhou Kouyaté had to come off the field with an injury in that win at Selhurst Park last Saturday but trained on Friday and Hodgson confirmed that he will make a decision on the midfielder’s availability on Saturday morning. 

"We don't think it is a serious injury, he trained today and we will have a look at it again so he could be available but the question will be whether we take that risk with all the games coming up." said Hodgson. 

Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins both return from their one match suspension. 

CLICK HERE to watch the full press conference at Copers Cope. 

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