Christian Benteke pushing to start for Crystal Palace



Posted Saturday, November 25, 2017 by PA

Christian Benteke is pushing to start for Crystal Palace at home to Stoke after returning as a substitute in the 2-2 draw with Everton.

The striker's availability increases competition for places in the final third, where manager Roy Hodgson has so far persisted with the in-form Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha.

Palace's only absentees are Chung-yong Lee, because of an ankle knock, and Connor Wickham, who is still far from a return after injuring the anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee.

Stoke may rest Xherdan Shaqiri for the trip.

Shaqiri came off with a tight hamstring at Brighton and boss Mark Hughes is tempted to give him a chance to fully recover.

Geoff Cameron (concussion) and Jack Butland (finger) have not yet resumed training.

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