Boost for Chelsea: More bad news for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace v Chelsea

When the Premier League restarts after the international break, Crystal Palace welcome Chelsea to Selhurst Park.

Chelsea will be keen to return to winning ways after a 1-0 defeat to Man City last time out.

As for Palace, the Eagles are pointless and goalless after seven Premier League matches.

Can the Eagles beat the drop? Right now Palace look dead-certs to be playing in the Championship next season.

Wilfried Zaha injury update

Roy Hodgson saw Man United run riot over Palace last weekend in a 4-0 win.

However it’s fair to say that the Eagles had a silly list of absentees for that match.

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Timothy Fosu-Mensah was prohibited from playing as per the terms in his loan agreement.

While Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha, James Tomkins and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were all out with injuries.

Palace fans had been hoping Zaha could return to action for the Chelsea match.

But according to Hodgson on Monday, the club’s best player may be on the sidelines for a while longer:

Benteke won’t be available for a few weeks so we won’t have a recognised centre forward.

Wilf Zaha probably won’t be back, Ruben Loftus-Cheek won’t be able to play and they are three quality players I have named off the top of my head who could help us do a better job against Chelsea, but they’re not there.

‪The comeback is near 🙏🏿 @cpfc #GodIsGreat‬

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As for Chelsea, they should have Alvaro Morata back in action for their next league match.

Morata picked up a hamstring injury against Man City. He’s pulled out of the Spanish international squad, but he’s expected to be fit by the time the Palace game comes around.

Also see: Crystal Palace to sign an Italian World Cup winning striker.