Photos: Julian Speroni in action for Crystal Palace Under-21s following injury spell

Julian Speroni for Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni returned to match action with Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace’s Under-21 side fell to a narrow defeat today, but there was one shining light to come out of the game.

Huddersfield claimed a 3-2 victory, and although the loss is a negative, the return of club legend Julian Speroni will lift spirits at an already jubilant Selhurst Park.

The Argentine stopper, 36, played the full 90 minutes, and although he conceded three goals, there was little he could do about preventing any of the strikes.

It was Speroni’s first appearance since last season, having spent a large spell on the sidelines due to injury, and he made a series of impressive stops to keep the score down.

Speroni would be expected to return to Alan Pardew’s first-team set-up when he is fully match fit, but the bonafide hero may struggled to break back into the side.

Alex McCarthy, signed over the summer from QPR, has enjoyed a solid start to the season after some initial struggles in the opening day victory over Norwich City. He is only 25-years-old, and Pardew could wish to continue with the ‘keeper who could realistically be Palace’s number one for the next decade.

Speroni still has a few weeks to go before he is completely match ready for Premier League action, and it still remains to be seen whether Pardew will once again select the veteran stopper.

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