Crystal Palace V Huddersfield at Selhurst Park : Match Preview

21 December 2012 11:31
Crystal Palace V Huddersfield - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.

Captain Jedinak returns for Palace

Crystal Palace welcome back stand-in skipper Mile Jedinak for the visit of Huddersfield.

Australia international Jedinak missed last weekend's 2-2 draw against Birmingham through suspension after collecting five yellow cards.

Fellow midfielder Jonny Williams is back in full training after a groin problem, although Palace are keen not to rush him back after an injury-hit season.

Captain Paddy McCarthy remains a long-term absentee with the groin injury which has kept him out all season.

Defender Danny Gabbidon made his Palace debut as a late substitute against Birmingham and should be involved again.

But manager Ian Holloway is unlikely to tinker too much with a team who have lost just once in 19 matches and currently lie second in the table.

Huddersfield will be without the suspended Alan Lee, but fellow striker Jermaine Beckford could return to the starting line-up.

Lee will sit out the first of a three-game ban for violent conduct following his altercation with Hull defender Alex Bruce last week, while Beckford returned to the bench and appeared as a second-half substitute after a five-game lay-off due to a hamstring injury.

Another striker, Sean Scannell, could return to contention after recovering from his hamstring strain and defender Joel Lynch, who returned in last week's defeat at Hull after a similar problem, is expected to continue in the back four.

Defender Paul Dixon is back in contention after sitting out a one-game ban, while midfielder Oscar Gobern remains a long-term absentee following ankle surgery as Simon Grayson's side chase their first league win in seven matches.

Source: PA