Ahead of Crystal Palace’s clash with Aston Villa on Sunday, Roy Hodgson provided a fitness update after playing two games in the space of four days.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Palace manager explained that centre-back James Tomkins is close to recovery, but that James McArthur is still a doubt.
“McArthur I’m more doubtful about than James Tomkins. I think Tomkins is getting very very close to getting ready to play.”
Hodgson provided further updates across the rest of the squad: “Patrick van Aanholt has a family issue, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing him this weekend.
“Nathaniel Clyne is sick, but it’s been a bit of a 24-hour illness going round and we’ll see how he’s recovered tomorrow.
“Alongside McArthur it’s Connor Wickham and Mamadou Sakho that are still unavailable.”