Crystal Palace expect Christian Benteke to be fit for the massive home game with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon, according to the Standard.

However, there is no guarantee that Roy Hodgson will put the Belgian striker straight back into the first team as his form in front of goal was not good prior to him picking up a groin injury.

With no recognised strikers available to him, Hodgson chose to use Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend as a forward duo in Palace’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth and there’s every chance he could stick with that against the Seagulls.

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Palace are desperate for three points as they look to avoid relegation. They’re currently just three points, and one place, above the drop zone, but they could find in 18th place by kick-off in the Brighton game if Southampton can get three points against a dispirited Chelsea side.

Whether he starts the game or is on the bench, having Benteke fit is a boost to Palace as they move into the business end of the season.

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