Crystal Palace v Watford: Latest team news

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Crystal Palace have been boosted by the return of strikers Dwight Gayle and Connor Wickham for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Watford.

Gayle has been sidelined with a persistent hamstring injury, while Wickham has served the last game of a three-match ban, although James McArthur and Jason Puncheon will miss out, owing to ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.

Manager Alan Pardew also expects Yannick Bolasie and Bakary Sako to return at Tottenham next week, which is when Joe Ledley could also be back, given he is unlikely to be risked on Saturday.

Team from: Adebayor, Cabaye, Campbell, Chamakh, Dann, Delaney, Gayle, Hangeland, Hennessey, Jedinak, Kelly, Ledley, Lee, Mariappa, McCarthy, Mutch, Souare, Speroni, Ward, Wickham, Zaha


Captain Troy Deeney could be restored to Watford’s starting line-up for their Barclays Premier League clash at Crystal Palace.

Deeney started on the bench in the Hornets’ defeat at Tottenham amid concerns over his fitness, but manager Quique Sanchez Flores revealed both he and Valon Behrami, also a substitute at White Hart Lane, are in contention to start.

Defender Miguel Britos is a doubt after sustaining an injury against Spurs while Tommie Hoban (groin) and Joel Ekstrand (knee) remain sidelined.

Provisional squad: Gomes, Cathcart, Paredes, Britos, Holebas, Jurado, Ake, Behrami, Capoue, Watson, Ighalo, Deeney, Pantilimon, Abdi, Nyom, Amrabat, Anya, Prodl, Guedioura, Suarez