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Relegation battling Crystal Palace handed massive boost as key players return to training

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on March 5, 2018 in London, England.

Crystal Palace currently sit 18th in the drop zone and are in grave danger of losing their Premier League status.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on March 5, 2018 in London, England.

Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace have been handed a significant boost with four stars making their return to training today following various injury lay-offs.

The quartet of Wilfried Zaha, Mamadou Sakho, Yohan Cabaye and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were all pictured in action at Copers Cope, and with eight games to save their season, their return could not have come at a better time.

Mamadou Sakho of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Stoke City at Selhurst Park on November 25, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace have been severely unlucky with injuries this season, losing their first choice centre-halves for the majority of the season, and with Zaha, their main threat in attack, also having spent significant stints on the sidelines, Roy Hodgson's side have suffered.

Palace are one point away from safety and still have plenty of time to salvage some points and climb up the table, however, their tough period of fixtures continues with a game against Liverpool coming up after the international break having lost to Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea in the space of two weeks. 

As the club's second top scorer in the league, Palace fans will be praying that Zaha can hit the ground running and be the source of inspiration that the squad has been lacking over much of the course of the season. Their talisman did return on Saturday against Chelsea, providing an assist in their 2-1 defeat to the champions.

Having lost four games in a row, the Eagles will be eyeing all three points from their trip to the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.

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