Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is facing a race against time to recover for Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth, according to Roy Hodgson.
The Wales international had to pull out of the draw with West Brom last weekend after suffering an injury during the warm-up.
Palace, who are priced at 2.75 to be relegated, had to call on veteran stopper Julian Speroni to fill in between the sticks as the two struggling clubs played out a goalless draw.
Hennessey has continued to struggle with a back problem throughout the week and it remains unclear whether he will be available to face Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Hodgson confirmed Hennessey will take part in a reduced training session before the weekend’s game, but feels he can also rely on 38-year-old Speroni to deputise again if required.
“Wayne trained for the first time today,” said Hodgson.
“His back went into spasm during the time he was warming up. It has happened to him three times before and it was just very unfortunate that it happened on the day of a game.
“He missed the first three days of training this week but was out there training today in a modified form and will train fully tomorrow.
“There is stiff competition between the two of them always which is always something for me to resolve before a game because they are both very competent.
“Wayne Hennessey kept a clean sheet [against Brighton] before Julian and now Julian has kept one. So they are keeping me on my toes.”