Crystal Palace V Nottm Forest at Selhurst Park : Match Preview

17 September 2012 04:31
Crystal Palace V Nottm Forest - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.

As you were for Palace Crystal Palace have no new injury worries for the visit of Nottingham Forest. Skipper Paddy McCarthy is the only definite absentee with the groin injury which has sidelined him all season and is likely to keep him out for another month. Recent signings Darcy Blake and Damien Delaney will therefore continue their partnership at centre-half in the Irishman's absence. Boss Dougie Freedman could recall Brazilian attacker Andre Moritz, who performed well in the home win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend but dropped to the bench at The Valley. Midfielder Jonathan Williams, a substitute on Friday, is pushing to make his first league start of the season after recovering from a calf injury and Blackburn loanee David Goodwillie is awaiting his full debut. Nottingham Forest have no new injury or suspension problems. Manager Sean O'Driscoll will have been encouraged by Simon Cox's fitness after the striker came off the bench to score the goal that began Forest's comeback in the 2-2 home draw against Birmingham on Saturday. Cox was a major doubt for the game against the Blues after suffering a suspected foot fracture last week while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland. Subsequent scans revealed the forward did not suffer a break although O'Driscoll was still surprised the 25-year-old was fit enough to be among the substitutes. "I was amazed," said O'Driscoll. "The diagnosis was that there may have been a fracture. We got him straight back here and found that, fortunately, there wasn't. Credit to him, he was desperate to play and he got his just reward. His touch and finish for the goal were excellent." It remains to be seen whether Cox will be fit enough to start at Selhurst Park, though. Dan Harding, scorer of the late equaliser against Birmingham, and fellow defender Brendan Moloney, along with midfielders James Coppinger, Guy Moussi and Radoslaw Majewski are options for O'Driscoll should he wish to make any changes to his starting XI.

Source: PA

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