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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been out with an injured ankle since the Eagles’ 3-2 defeat against Arsenal at the end of December and Roy Hodgson was worried that the on loan midfielder may miss the rest of the campaign.

However, after making progress with his injury at Chelsea, the 21-year-old has suffered a slight setback as he looks to make his return to the pitch.

The Chelsea youngster who’s on loan to Crystal Palace was expected to make his return from injury this weekend, but he got another slight injury while at Chelsea and won’t feature this weekend.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Loftus-Cheek will wait a little while for his return.

“That was very positive but unfortunately in a training session where his ankle was being tested out with the U23s – and the session went very well – he has managed in some way to pick up another very minor injury, which now of course has to be treated before we get him back here,” Hodgson told the press.

“The good news was that the injury which has kept him out for a long period of time – the ankle – that seems to be much better and he seems to be on the mend from that.

“That is quite often the case when people get back into training with a group of players, something else happens and they feel a pain somewhere else and that has to be dealt with.

“We are hopeful that is not going to be a major issue and we are hopeful to see him back at Selhurst Park very soon.

“The plan was, his first session was Monday, he was going to do another session on Tuesday and Wednesday was going to be a day off.

“He was due to sign off with Chelsea on either Thursday or Friday and come back to us at the weekend.

“That was the plan but that was before this other minor injury occurred, which they now have to look at.

“But we are still hopeful he will be back with us soon.”

Loftus-Cheek will be hoping to return to action so he can make it for the World Cup.

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