No fresh injury worries for Crystal Palace ahead of Brighton match

Roy Hodgson. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Roy Hodgson. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Crystal Palace have no fresh injury worries for tomorrow's derby clash at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Eagles boss Roy Hodgson confirmed everyone who played on Saturday is fit and available, which leaves Scott Dann and Christian Benteke as the only players out injured.

Dann has been out with a knee injury since January and Benteke has not played since September owing to a knee injury of his own.

Hodgson said: "We didn't pick up any injuries (on Saturday), just knocks and bruises that all football matches bring.

"All the players who played on Saturday should be okay."

Looking ahead to the game, Hodgson said: "It has special significance for the fans and they know how important it is to get a result against our nearest rivals and we know that.

"We have to play the right sort of football to get the result."

Hodgson also praised Chris Hughton and how Brighton have performed so far this season: "Hughton has done exceptionally well, and they are having a good season.

"They are a solid team and hard to beat, 18 points is a good total so far, so our task, as in many games, is a tough one in our opinion against a good team away from home.

"We hope to give them as many problems as we can."

Hodgson also highlighted the threat of Brighton striker and former Palace forward Glenn Murray. He said: "I have been very impressed. He left a good memory here at Palace and everyone from the chairman downwards speaks highly of him.

"Everyone admires what he has done. He is one of Brighton’s main weapons in their armoury."

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