Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his delight at having a fully fit squad to choose from, when he takes his charges to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at home to Leicester last weekend, in which the absence of one or two stars hampered them against Brendan Rodgers’ men.
This match will pit Hodgson against a man who was a regular under him for England not too long ago in Frank Lampard, a manager who has got the Blues in excellent form at the minute, making this a tough assignment for Palace.
The Eagles have largely held their own against the better clubs this season, even if results don’t play out that way, and in many ways the Selhurst Park outfit have nothing to lose in this match.
They do however have four key men back from injury in Palace quartet Mamadou Sakho, Andros Townsend, James MacArthur and Connor Wickham.
Eagles manager Hodgson was delighted to announce he has a fully fit squad to choose from, when he addressed the media ahead of the contest.
“We’re very fortunate. The players who had been suffering are now recovered. One or two who suffered from a knock either against Arsenal or Leicester are recovered.” The Palace official website quotes him as saying.
“For the first time in a very long time I have a completely full contingent to choose from, an abundance of riches if you like in picking the XI and subs.”
One man who Hodgson will be able to select from is Eagles defender Gary Cahill, a player who will be no stranger to Stamford Bridge, having spent a large portion of his career there representing Chelsea.
It will be an emotional afternoon for the centre-half, who has been outstanding for Palace this term, but a special one if the former England boss can mastermind a victory for the occasion.