Cape Town - Christian
Benteke could return to competitive action "in a few weeks" after
stepping up his rehabilitation from a knee ligament injury.
The Belgian international striker was injured during Palace's 5-0 loss to Manchester City in September.
With the World Cup just around the corner, Benteke has set his sights
on being part of Roberto Martinez squad, and knows he needs to be fit
and in form to make the cut.
Having missed the 2014 World Cup in Brazil through injury, he is determined not to miss out this time.
Speaking ahead of the club's Premier League clash with Newcastle
United on Saturday, the former Genk, Aston Villa and Liverpool striker
said: "The rehab is going really well and I'm feeling really happy with
the way that my ligament is healing, so hopefully I can be back in a few
"Playing in the World Cup is a big motivation but it's only going to improve my performances at the club.
"I really want to help the team and do well this year to make sure I'm in the squad."
He added: "We were already qualified so the most important thing was to finish first in the group and that's what we did.
"Now we have to wait and see what the draw is going to look like. Our
generation has more than 11 players who play in England and the quality
and the level of them is really high, so we have to keep it up and be
proud of our country."