Crystal Palace v Derby preview

Date published: Thursday 1st December 2011 10:40

Palace could be counting the cost of their Carling Cup heroics when they host Derby in the league on Friday night.

Boss Dougie Freedman lost full-back Dean Moxey (knee) and winger Sean Scannell (thigh) to injuries picked up during the first half of the shock 2-1 win at Manchester United, while young wideman Wilfried Zaha was limping at the end of a gruelling 120 minutes.

Freedman will utilise his squad with the likes of Mile Jedinak, Jonathan Parr, Owen Garvan and Chris Martin all in the frame to return.

Julian Speroni reclaims his place in goal and Old Trafford scorers Darren Ambrose and Glenn Murray, who were both substitutes, could start.

Jonathan Willians (broken leg), Alex Marrow (ankle) and Lee Hills (knee) are long-term absentees.

Derby manager Nigel Clough could name an unchanged side when the Rams travel to Palace.

Clough saw his team slip to a fifth successive Championship defeat at home to Brighton but he was pleased with the performance against the Seagulls.

Clough made one change on Tuesday night. It was an enforced one with John Brayford, who has only recently returned from a five-week absence due to a torn thigh muscle, left out after complaining of discomfort in the same thigh following the defeat at West Ham.

Jeff Hendrick was recalled in midfield with Paul Green, himself having only just made his comeback from seven months out with a knee injury, filling Brayford’s right-back berth.

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Crystal Palace v Derby preview

Date published: Friday 18th March 2011 8:41

Crystal Palace captain Patrick McCarthy is suspended following his sending-off against QPR last weekend so Claude Davis could be brought in to face his old club.

Midfielder Alex Marrow has suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury after it flared up again this week.

And defender Lee Hills remains sidelined following the double leg break he sustained last season, although he could return before the end of the season.

Dougie Freedman is unlikely to make any unforced changes to the side that lost at Loftus Road.

Relegation-threatened Palace will be looking to extend their unbeaten run at home to 12 matches.

Derby, meanwhile, could welcome James Bailey and Russell Anderson back into their squad.

Midfielder Bailey has been out since the start of February with a groin injury, while central defender Anderson resumed full training last week after a four-month lay-off with a hamstring injury.

Fellow defender Dean Leacock, who was an unused substitute during the home win over Swansea last weekend, has been struggling with illness of late.

The trio all played for the reserves on Wednesday and may be included on the bench.

Midfielder Paul Green was struggling with illness ahead of the win against the Swans and was forced off early in the second half but is fit to face Palace, while Polish forward Tomasz Cywka (knee) and defender Jake Buxton (Groin) definitely miss out.

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