Wilfried Zaha has stepped up his recovery from injury, though Roy Hodgson is keen not to take any chances with the winger and it remains to be seen if he will be risked. Although Timothy Fosu-Mensah is available for the trip to Chelsea after he was ineligible to face parent club Manchester United, Hodgson has suggested he will continue with Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back in light of his excellent recent displays. Fosu-Mensah could instead challenge Martin Kelly for the spot alongside James Tomkins in central defence. Given Palace’s performance against United and the lack of available options, though, changes seem unlikely. Jairo Riedewald offers an alternative in a defensive midfield role, so should Hodgson want to switch to a 4-5-1, the Dutchman may come in for Alexander Sorloth. Julian Speroni, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako and Connor Wickham are all long-term absentees, while Joel Ward, Mamadou Sakho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Yohan Cabaye remain out.
Wan Bissaka – Kelly – Tomkins – Van Aanholt
Townsend – Milivojevic – Schlupp – McArthur
Sorloth – Benteke