BY SAM SMITH
Roy Hodgson has considered reverting to the makeshift front two of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend for tomorrow’s game against Huddersfield.
First-choice striker Christian Benteke has been ruled out with a knee injury which he suffered before joining the Belgium national squad for the recent international break.
The former Liverpool man partnered Jordan Ayew in Palace’s 2-0 defeat to Southampton just before players jetted away.
Hodgson has considered each of his options to replace the stricken striker, including using Zaha and Townsend.
“All my forward options are [wanting to start]. Alexander Sorloth for sure, also Sullay Kaikai is chomping at the bit to get a start as well. All the players who I am working with at the moment, the ones who can play in that centre forward role, are desperate to start. They’re desperate to impress upon me and make sure I select them.
“If I have to choose one I’ll have three to choose from. This is unless I decide to go with Wilf and Andros up front, which we have done in the past and it has worked. We were always concerned for a period of last season when we didn’t have a fit out-and-out centre forward that our only option was to play with Wilf and Andros [as a strike pair].
“We wanted the option of having Wilf and Andros elsewhere and they answered their challenge in a fantastic way and knowing that the two of them are capable of playing up front is always going to be in our minds.
“How we’re going to re-organise the team and work around his [Benteke’s] absence, you’ll have to wait and see on that.”