Crystal Palace vs Chelsea LIVE: Thiago Silva returns for Blues as pressure mounts on Roy Hodgson – team news, updates

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Welcome to Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

Crystal Palace welcome Chelsea to Selhurst Park, desperate to distance themselves from the bottom three with victory in this London derby.

Roy Hodgson was criticised when he brought an unfit Michael Olise on against Brighton as the winger is now facing weeks out with a thigh injury.

Marc Guehi is also out with a knee injury and will miss out on a reunion with his old club, while Cheick Doucoure, Rob Holding, Eberechi Eze and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi all join him in the treatment room.

Joel Ward is in with a slight chance of returning and could have to slot in at centre-back, Hodgson’s only other option is to play Chris Richards, allowing Adam Wharton to make his full debut after a baptism of fire at Brighton.

For Chelsea, Benoit Badiashile suffered a groin injury in the FA Cup game with Aston Villa and will not be fit for this London derby.

However, Levi Colwill and Trevoh Chalobah have returned to full training and Thiago Silva is available after sitting out the Villa game.

Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Lesley Ugochukwu and Romeo Lavia are all still unavailable but more positive news is that keeper Robert Sanchez has resumed training but is not quite ready for competitive action.





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