Crystal Palace v Cardiff: Three may be passed fit for Palace, Bluebirds star could return

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (back) and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate are expected to return for Crystal Palace’s Boxing Day Premier League clash against Cardiff.

Full-back Martin Kelly (adductor) is doubtful but has not yet been ruled out by manager Roy Hodgson and will be assessed.

Striker Christian Benteke (knee) remains on the sidelines but is making encouraging progress and could return in the coming weeks.

Provisional squad: Hennessey, Guaita, Speroni, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Dann, Souare, Riedewald, Townsend, Kouyate, McArthur, Meyer, Milivojevic, Puncheon, Schlupp, Ayew, Kaikai, Sorloth, Wickham, Zaha.

Joe Bennett could be back in the mix for Cardiff.

The full-back missed Saturday’s 5-1 home defeat against Manchester United after being forced off at Watford the previous weekend, but Cardiff boss Neil Warnock says that he has returned to training.

Danny Ward is out, though, while Jazz Richards has been battling to overcome a hamstring problem.

Provisional squad: Etheridge, Smithies, Peltier, Richards, Bennett, Morrison, Manga, Connolly, Cunningham, Bamba, Arter, Ralls, Gunnarsson, Damour, Camarasa, Harris, Hoilett, Paterson, Reid, Murphy, Zohore, Mendez-Laing, Madine.




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