Michy Batshuayi could start for Palace against Doncaster

Roy Hodgson could hand Michy Batshuayi his first Crystal Palace start in their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Doncaster on Sunday.

Batshuayi has made two appearances from the substitutes bench following his arrival on loan from Chelsea on deadline day.

The 25-year-old striker, who spent the opening half of the season with Spanish side Valencia, has made an impact on Hodgson.

And, although Hodgson insisted he will not ring the changes for Palace’s match against the League One side, Batshuayi is in contention for his full debut.

“In training and in the matches he has played so far, he has been everything we wanted him to be,” said Hodgson.

“He is a very lively character, and he is pleased to be back in London.

“Up front in particular, we have some options there, and it would be tempting for me to make some changes, but one thing I am certainly not prepared to do is to make any wholesale changes.

“We made a lot of alterations in the previous FA Cup game, but unless they’re forced upon me. I don’t intend to make that many on Sunday.”

Hodgson will again have Cheikhou Kouyate available after the midfielder missed his side’s last two matches with an ankle issue.

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