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Team News: Kelly Fit for Chelsea Clash

28 December 2018

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has provided team news ahead of the Eagles' battle with Chelsea this Sunday in his pre-match press conference, boosting the hopes of fans by announcing that his squad is largely fit and available for selection.

Having been without shot-stopper Wayne Hennessey and defender Martin Kelly in Palace's recent draw with Cardiff City, Hodgson has now revealed that he has a wide range of players to choose from for Sunday's fixture.

He said, "We don't have any injuries to speak of. We're fortunate that those who were injured, Sullay Kaikai, Martin Kelly and Wayne Hennessey are back in training and available so we have a big squad to choose from."

Elaborating on the fitness of Welshman Hennessey, the manager explained further, "Wayne trained today after missing Wednesday's game. He trained again today and he'll train tomorrow and if he comes through that then before I select the team, I'll have a selection headache because I'll have to choose between him and Vicente [Guaita]."

Turning his attention to the other end of the pitch briefly, Hodsgon provided an update on the progress of forward Christian Benteke.

"Christian Benteke is still absent because he's continuing his recovery, he's making good strides but is not available," he said.

Palace were boosted up front by the return of Connor Wickham against Cardiff and so Hodgson now has one of the most plentiful selections of all season available to him.

When asked how the atmosphere is amongst the squad, he explained, "Our atmosphere has been good. It's nice to know it can survive this intensive period and a disappointing result on Boxing Day."

Palace play host to Chelsea in a midday kick-off, looking to build on two wins from their previous four games against the Blues. 

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