Ruben Loftus-Cheek meets Crystal Palace for the first time since his return to Chelsea when he was told that there is still room for him at Selhurst Park.

The 22-year-old midfielder can hold his own against the team he was lent to last season, hoping to sign him permanently or temporarily.

However, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists he remains in his first team plans.

After a season of regular Premier League football leading to the World Cup for England, Loftus-Cheek was not as central as he would have liked.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson had not expected his opponents to release anyone he considered a "top player", but revealed that he had given Loftus-Cheek an open invitation to return after the credit card ended.

"When he left, I congratulated him on his season when he was selected for England," said Hodgson.

"I said to him," Remember, there is always a place for you here; If you move on, we would like to bring you back, but I expect you to go to Russia to be extremely good for England. And I expect Chelsea to welcome you with open arms. I am surprised when you come back here, but you know that you are always welcome. "

"So we left it, and I think he was hoping to hear from me and was expecting it.

"I'm glad to see him, whether he plays or not, if you wish people well, you should not really want them taken out of the team, but I'm glad to see him, happy, Ross Barkley and happy to see Gary Cahill, who even conducted England during my time there.

"These are three people I've had close relationships with, and I'm looking forward to seeing again, and I'm scared of the qualities they'll bring to the game."

Injury news from Chelsea – who is out?

Olivier Giroud has doubts about a muscle injury, but Sarri expects the Frenchman to be available for his next match against BATE on Thursday.

Ethan Ampadu returned to training this week after a knee pain, but it may be too early for the Welshman.

Eden Hazard seems to have recovered from his back injury and is expected to play a role against Crystal Palace.

"Maybe he's not done yet for 90 minutes," said Sarri.

"It was the first part of the training for a few weeks. He could play maybe 40-45 minutes. "

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