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Hodgson handed double fitness boost

28th December 2018, 16:46 by Craig Smithson

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and full-back Martin Kelly are fit and available for Crystal Palace's visit of Chelsea on Sunday.

Wales international, Hennessey, has missed the last three games against Leicester City, Manchester City and Cardiff respectively, but the Eagles have managed to pick up seven points in that time.

Spaniard Vicente Guaita has filled in but boss Roy Hodgson is still likely to recall his regular number one for the visit of the Blues to Selhurst Park this weekend.

Kelly is also available after suffering an adductor injury while Sullay Kaikai is back in training with Hodgson revealing in his Friday press conference that he now has "a big squad to choose from."

As striker Connor Wickham returned from a long-term injury against Cardiff, it means only Christian Benteke is absent with a knee injury.

But Hodgson provided a positive update on the Belgium international's fitness.

He said: "Christian Benteke is still absent because he's continuing his recovery, he's making good strides but is not available."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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