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Hodgson Welcomes Back Injured Trio

15 March 2018

Roy Hodgson was pleased to announce at his pre-match press conference that he has been able to welcome more players back into training this week ahead of the trip to Huddersfield Town and confirmed their availability for the match.

Wifried Zaha, who came into the side at half time last week, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Yohan Cabaye have all trained this week and are in the squad for Saturday’s match.

Hodgson appreciates though that the players length of absence from action will have an effect on their immediate performance when they return. 

"It’s great to have them back but quite a few of them haven’t played football for quite a long period of time and I can’t necessarily expect that they are going to go back on the field without any match experience and reproduce the performances they did in the good spell that we have had."

First Team

Hodgson Thrilled With Zaha Availability

15 March 2018

They head into the game with many looking at it as a six-pointer with Palace travelling to the game in the bottom three whilst the home side are just four points ahead but Hodgson feels, with eight games to go, all games should be looked at with the same importance.

"Every game you are going to play between now and the end of the season is a massive game, it is not helpful to build games up as win at all costs but we all know, including Huddersfield, the importance of getting three points from the game and the disappointment you will feel if you get no points from the game.

"For me as a coach my thinking about the match is that we have to be well prepared to play a Huddersfield team who are very good and difficult to beat so we have to be prepared for that to make certain we do everything in our power to be as well prepared as we can be to get points from the game." 

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