Benteke boost for Palace

08 November 2017 07:01:55 EST

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has returned to training and could be back in first-team action after the international break.

The Belgium star has not played since suffering knee ligament damage in a 5-0 defeat at Manchester City at the end of September.

The Eagles have been without a recognised senior forward since that time as Connor Wickham is continuing his rehabilitation from the ligament injury he suffered against Swansea City 12 months ago.

Wingers Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha have formed a makeshift attack in Benteke's absence.

Eagles boss Roy Hodgson said after his side had wasted a series of presentable openings during Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley: "It would be nice by the end of the season to have one person who is a centre-forward and goalscorer."

Palace signed Benteke from Liverpool for £27million in August 2016 and he has scored 15 times in 42 Premier League appearances for the club.

Palace's next game is against Everton at Selhurst Park on 18th November and they are 5/4 to beat the Toffees and 9/1 to record a 2-0 victory.

Hodgson's side are currently rooted to the foot of the Premier League table after losing nine of their first 11 matches and can be backed at 4/5 to be relegated this season.

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