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Ward Fit And Ready To Return

18 January 2018

Roy Hodgson had some welcome news to report on the injury front as he spoke ahead of Saturday’s match against Arsenal.

Joel Ward has been out for the last month with a groin injury but has been back in training so is ready to return to action and Yohan Cabaye, on the bench last weekend but not fit enough to start is also fit to return to action. 

The manager also gave an update on Ruben Loftus Cheek which revealed that he is set to spend further time on the sidelines.  

"Joel Ward has been back in training for ten days so he is available but Ruben Loftus-Cheek is facing another 2-3 weeks on the sidelines and then will be reassessed and that could be a negative assessment for him so that is a major concern."

Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend and Mamadou Sakho also remain unavailable for selection. 

Watch Roy Hodgson’s pre-match press conference ahead of the match at Arsenal or if viewing on the App go to Palace TV and into the Video channel. 

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