Christian Benteke could be available to return for the home encounter against Brighton & Hove Albion after missing the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth due to a groin injury. Roy Hodgson has revealed that the Belgian was able to take part in some of Thursday’s training session, while Alexander Sorloth is also nearing a return. Hodgson decided to switch to a 4-4-2 in Benteke’s absence, pairing Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend up front. But a return to a 4-3-3 could be on the cards if Benteke is able to train fully on Friday, with Townsend and Zaha shifting out wide. That would likely leave Ruben Loftus-Cheek and James McArthur battling it out for a starting berth in midfield. Martin Kelly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah provide cover in defence, but they aren’t expected to push for recalls. Joel Ward, Jeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham are set to remain sidelined, while Julian Speroni, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Bakary Sako are all long-term absentees.
Wan Bissaka – Sakho – Tomkins – Van Aanholt
Milivojevic – Cabaye – McArthur
Townsend – Zaha – Benteke