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Report - Marouane Chamakh doubtful for Crystal Palace trip to West Ham

The former Arsenal man is said to have damaged his thigh but could return soon.

Marouane Chamakh is a doubt for Crystal Palace's clash against West Ham United at the weekend, according to the Croydon Advertiser, after missing the defeat against his former club Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

The forward missed the 2-1 defeat to the Gunners because of a thigh injury. He has struggled with hamstring problems for much of the season but the report states it's not thought his latest injury setback is linked to those previous problems, but he could be fit for the clash with Southampton just three days later.

The Eagles don't seem to be short of striking options at the moment with Fraizer Campbell providing a threat up front for Alan Pardew's men at the moment, while Dwight Gayle is also capable of leading the line - though recently he has been seen operating in a wider role.

So far this season, Chamakh has only scored the three goals for the club in all competitions so even if he was fit, it's doubtful as to whether he would be given the nod for the trip to the Boleyn Ground next weekend.

Since Pardew's appointment he has made just the four appearances but managed to bag a brace in the FA Cup win against Southampton in the fourth round at the end of January but has not been allowed to have the run of games to impress the recently appointed manager.

However, he would like to have the option of the 31-year-old available as Palace continue their campaign to consolidate their place in the Premier League, sitting in 13th place, five points above the relegation zone.

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