Crystal Palace include forgotten striker in 25-man squad

Glenn Murray has spent the entire season on the sidelines, owing to a knee injury picked up in last season's playoff semi-final against Brighton.

Crystal Palace have included injury-stricken striker Glenn Murray in their 25-man Premier League squad for the remainder of the season with yesterday representing the deadline for clubs to register their shortlists.

Murray has been out injured since the back end of last season after sustaining a knee ligament injury in the Eagles' Championship playoff semi-final first leg against rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

The former Brighton frontman has been unable to play any part in Palace's bid to avoid an immediate relegation back to the second tier but could even make his comeback as early as this weekend for the relegation six pointer against West Bromwich Albion.

Palace are able to include their quartet of new signings - Wayne Hennessey, Scott Dann, Joe Ledley and Tom Ince - but the inclusion of Murray is most notable and indicates he is ready to play a crucial role for the rest of the season in the club's bid to fight off the threat of relegation.

Murray plundered a stunning 30 goals - and 31 in all competitions last season - to lead Palace to the playoffs but succumbed to a devastating cruciate ligament injury against his former employers which has left him unable to contribute to Palace's challenge this term.

Tony Pulis' side have scored just 15 goals in 24 Premier League games - the lowest tally in the top flight - and are banking on last season's top scorer to come up with the goods once more this time around, with Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome failing to provide the answers, while backup striker Aaron Wilbraham has barely featured.

It remains to be seen whether Murray will take to this level with ease and display the predatory instincts he showed on numerous occasions in the Championship but his timely return will only add to Palace's options up front and underlines why Pulis did not reinforce in that particular position during an extremely productive transfer window.

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