Crystal Palace chief can’t provide return date for former Liverpool and Aston Villa man


Roy Hodgson has ruled Christian Benteke out of Crystal Palace’s trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday – and says the club are yet to decide when the striker should return.


The Belgian – who has scored just three times since the beginning of last season – has been struggling with a knee injury since pre-season which forced him to sit out of three of the Eagles’ five friendlies.


Hodgson said: “Christian has a niggly knee injury which he has had for some while. He felt he had to have some time out of training when we went to Sweden [during pre-season].


“I’m afraid that is still an ongoing issue that is being dealt with so at the moment he won’t be available for Saturday – and we will have to wait and see when he will be available for.


“There is no timescale on that injury at the moment.”

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