Having been without him since mid-September, it looks as though Christian Benteke may be in line to make a full return to the Palace first-team for the visit of Everton this weekend.
Benteke's still in training…
This has pleased me. pic.twitter.com/HDKk2yQqL4
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) November 14, 2017
The Belgian international hobbled off midway through our game against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City a little under two months ago and hasn’t been seen since but after making the most of the latest two-week international break, it looks as though he may be gearing up for a triumphant return to action against the Toffees.
In his absence, Roy Hodgson has been forced to experiment with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako at the head of the side, making Christian’s potential presence in the starting XI a rather big deal ahead of what is a huge game for the football club. Obviously, no one can be quite sure how he’ll get on after so long out but having him available from the start will immediately provide a massive boost to morale.
Yesterday, I saw one or two people across social media questioning why I and others were so pleased to see him back in full training after a lacklustre goal return in the opening weeks of this campaign but we mustn’t forget just how important he was for us last term. Without his 17 goals, we would unquestionably have been playing in the second tier this season, leading me to believe that he’s more than capable of hitting the ground running once he gets another chance to impress in the first-team.
Plenty of fans questioned how he was going to fit into Frank de Boer’s tactical plans but under Hodgson, he’s barely had a chance to get his under the table. Hopefully, this Saturday will see him open his account for the season, giving us all reason to believe that another great escape in on the cards between now and May.
You can be absolutely certain that the club will be getting attacking reinforcements in during the January transfer window but until then, the reemergence of the big man alongside the attacking threat of Zaha and Townsend could be all we need to claw our way out of the bottom three.
Watch this space.