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Returning Players Give Hodgson Options

29 January 2019

Roy Hodgson has said that he will have a decision to make regarding the starting goalkeeper ahead of Wednesday's game at Southampton.

All three senior stoppers are available for the game, with Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita returning from injuries to join Sunday's Man of the Match Julian Speroni in the conversation for the starting spot.

"All the goalkeepers are fit now, so that's good. I now have a selection to make," Hodgson told the press in his pre-match conference.

"The good thing is that the two that have been missing from the last two games, due to injury, are both available for selection alongside Julian Speroni. So all three senior goalkeepers at the club are fit and able to be selected and will want to be selected."

The return of Hennessey and Guaita mirrors the situation at the other end of the pitch, where Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke have returned to fitness, and are available alongside Jordan Ayew as options up top.

"I was prepared to play [Connor] in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup against Tottenham Hotspur, so if I'm prepared to do that there'd be no reason why I couldn't use him also in Premier League games," said Hodgson.

"The same goes for Christian Benteke. He played for the last 20-odd minutes of the game [against Spurs] and came through that very well."

The re-signing of Bakary Sako at the weekend also adds to the Eagles' arsenal.

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