Crystal Palace visit Watford this weekend for their FA Cup quarter-final clash – the Eagles will be out for revenge having lost their last two against the Hornets and having had their wings clipped at the weekend by bitter rivals Brighton.
For the cup games, it’s crucial that managers have a healthy selection of players to rotate between and so the positive injury update delivered by Roy Hodgson on Thursday should be welcome news – it might not be quite what Palace fans were hoping for, though.
“Having been without Hennessey for Palace’s recent fixture with Brighton, Hodgson stated that the Welsh shot-stopper is ‘fit again after his slight problem.'”
Surely the news that any player is in contention for such a physically demanding game is good, although this surely won’t be the case for the Selhurst Park faithful considering who the update pertains to.
The 31-year-old Wales international finally has real competition for his starting berth this season with Vicente Guaita having arrived on a free from Getafe, and the Spaniard has become the Eagles’ number 1 after a slow introduction to the starting XI.
Hennessey has been between the sticks for each cup clash this campaign but, now that the Eagles are in the last eight, Hodgson surely has to give his best ‘keeper the nod?
Now that Welshman has been ruled fit, though, it really is anyone’s guess as to who starts in net but, if Hodgson wants to make a statement of intent in the competition, he should surely give Guaita the gloves.
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The former England boss has said that he will not be resting anybody and that the team will be strong, although whether this only applies to the outfield players is unclear. Will Hodgson continue to put faith in Hennessey or will he make the smart move by opting for the far less error-prone alternative?