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Team News v Chelsea: Connor Wickham Out Injured

2 November 2018

Roy Hodgson has revealed in his weekly press conference today that Crystal Palace forward Connor Wickham will not be available for selection on Sunday’s game against Chelsea due to a thigh strain.

The striker played in his first Premier League game since November 2016 against Everton two weeks ago but will again be sidelined as a challenging period of recovery has been extended by the injury.

Hodgson said, “Connor Wickham has picked up a thigh strain which stopped him from taking part on Wednesday night [against Middlesbrough].

“It’s a shame and it’s disappointing because he’d been training on a regular basis and we’d been harbouring the notion that he’d be available but he isn’t.”

With regards to the rest of the squad, Hodgson said, “Three players who suffered minor knocks on Saturday weren’t able to travel to Middlesbrough with us. They were James McArthur, Cheikhou Kouyate and Wilfried Zaha. They’ve recovered which I thought they would.

“Christian Benteke is making good progress, continuing his programme of rehabilitation and Joel Ward is too.”

Palace face Chelsea this Sunday having won three of their previous six fixtures against the Blues.

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