Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson provides Schlupp and Zaha’s injury updates

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The Eagles have struggled in the absence of the Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire internationals who have been on the sidelines owing to injuries

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has provided updates on the progress of injured duo Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha.

Schlupp has been on the sidelines since suffering an ankle injury in an English FA Cup tie against Brighton and Hove Albion on January 8.

After missing six league games, the former Leicester City defender returned to training before the Eagles’ 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

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Impressed with the Ghana international's displays in training this week, Hodgson disclosed that the 25-year-old is back in contention for his side’s Premier League tie against Manchester United on Monday.

“I said last time that Jeffrey Schlupp and Martin Kelly were close to returning to full training, I think they had done one session with us before the Spurs game but they have trained all week,” Hodgson told club website.

“I am counting on those two being fit but they are the only two that are back in contention. All the other ones that were out are still injured."

Meanwhile, Zaha who suffered a knee injury against Newcastle United on February 4 is yet to return to action.

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And Hodgson stated that the talismanic forward 'is recovering ahead of schedule'.

“Wilfried is recovering ahead of schedule, but his running at the moment is pretty much in straight lines but we haven't done those difficult things that need testing out for knee ligament injuries, i.e. the twisting and turning and then of course the contact with other players when you get back into normal training,” he added.

Crystal Palace, placed 17th in the league table with 27 points from 28 games, will be aiming to end their five-game winless run in the English top-flight when they welcome Jose Mourinho’s side to Selhurst Park.

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