Jordon Mutch has missed a number of weeks through injury, but he is back for Crystal Palace.
The 23-year-old midfielder suffered a thigh injury in February, but he has given a promising assessment of his fitness to the Croydon Advertiser.
The former Birmingham man said: “It was great to be on the pitch again, and to get 60 minutes, I was breathing heavy in the first 10 or 15 minutes to get used to the game. I feel good and hopefully I can get more minutes under my belt in the up and coming games.
"The rehab has been really good and I feel in good shape, but obviously with the games you need to match fitness, so I'm just trying to do that now.”
Mutch missed six consecutive games due to his injury, although his return saw him register 60 minutes of action in the 1-0 loss to Chelsea last weekend.
Featuring rarely for QPR in the first half of the campaign, Alan Pardew brought Mutch to Selhurst Park as an all-action midfield destroyer, and with Mile Jedinak struggling with his fitness levels on occasion, Mutch is a more than adequate replacement.
He had missed just one game prior to his injury, and Pardew appears to be very keen on the midfielder in his long-term plans for Palace.
The news that he is feeling almost back to full fitness will please the 53-year-old coach, who will be grateful for the return of his key man, even if the season is drawing to a close.
He has done much to impress in his early performances for Palace, and Eagles fans should also be delighted by Mutch’s progress, with the young midfielder set to star for the club starting from next season.