Benteke boost is as much a dilemma for Palace boss Hodgson

Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on September 16, 2017 in London, England.

Injured Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is ahead of schedule in his recovery but poses a selection dilemma to Roy Hodgson.

Crystal Palace's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke reacts after missing a shot on goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Crystal...

Christian Benteke hopes to be back in contention for Crystal Palace selection within a few weeks.

The Belgian has missed Palace’s last two matches with a knee ligament injury which was expected to sideline him until the middle of November, according to the Daily Star.

However, Benteke feels positive about his recovery and is optimistic of returning ahead of schedule.

He is quoted by the Daily Star as saying: “The rehab is going really well and I am really happy with the way that my ligament is healing. I hope and I feel like I can be back in a few weeks.”

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Having Benteke available again would be a boost for Roy Hodgson, who has had no recognised striker to pick from with Connor Wickham also sidelined.

But the ex-England boss might want to continue with the experiment of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend up front.

Hodgson used the pace of the wingers to pull off a shock 2-1 win over Chelsea last weekend - Palace’s first victory and goals of the Premier League season.

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace scores his sides second goal past Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October...

James McArthur and Jeffrey Schlupp were used in compact wide roles which made Palace more difficult to break down.

Zaha and Townsend would not be suited to that defensive task, but might offer the Eagles more going forward than Benteke, who only has one goal in his last 11 games and can be a passenger when he is not scoring.

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