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Roy Hodgson Provides an Update on Kouyate, Tomkins and Batshuayi

1 February 2019

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has spoken in his pre-match press conference today, providing an injury update with both positive and not so positive news for Palace fans.

Hodgson revealed that his only major injury concern is Cheikhou Kouyate, who will not be able to play against Fulham tomorrow.

He said, "We've got a couple of players who we need to test tomorrow morning. It's not looking that bad but one player who will miss tomorrow is Cheikhou Kouyate because he twisted his ankle during the first half [against Southampton] but carried on for the second half. We're hoping it won't be that serious but it will keep him out tomorrow. There is the Zaha suspension but otherwise we've got a full squad."

And when asked about the fitness of centre-back James Tomkins, Hodgson was cautiously confident that the defender would be okay to play having been substituted on Wednesday night.

He made it clear, however, that there is no guarantee he will feature, saying, "James Tomkins trained this morning and we don't think there will be any problems there. The training was quite light though so we need to check him tomorrow."

Turning his attention to the latest addition to Palace's squad, Hodgson suggested that there is a chance that new signing Michy Batshuayi may play tomorrow if he feels, after a discussion, that he is fit and ready to hit the pitch.

Hodgson elaborated: "I think so [Batshuayi will be fit to play], I will see him this afternoon. I'll wait here to meet him and speak with him, he was fit enough for Valencia so there's no reason not to play for us. But I need to speak to him to find out how he feels and make a decision."

There are still a handful of tickets available for the match with Fulham tomorrow, and to be in with a chance of seeing Batshuayi make his debut, don't forget to buy yours now.

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