Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has revealed Mamadou Sakho returned to light training but won’t be available for Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.
The Eagles are desperate to get the defender, who has been sidelined with a calf injury, back for the final eight games of the season.
“People don’t play with pain and that is not a good thing to play with pain,” said Hodgson.
“I think that is one of those myths, to play with pain. When someone is injured, the first thing is to get them fit again and being fit is being free of pain and free of the concern that ‘I can’t do this movement because of the pain’, and you are not wanting to get a more serious injury.
“I watched him train with Yohan Cabaye and the fitness coaches and he seemed to be moving quite well.
“He trained hard [on Wednesday], and they passed him fully fit to take part in team training [today]. But of course that will be his first training session for five or six weeks, and to play matches, you need to build up match fitness, it’s not just the injury is okay, go and play 90 minutes.
“Medically, I think he is okay and he trained well and they have ticked off the work he needs to do to be put back with the team in training, and that’s good news.”