Alan Pardew gives Crystal Palace injury update

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace should have four key first-team players back before they play West Ham.

Palace are currently playing games with a makeshift squad, but Alan Pardew has been told by his medical team that four key first-team players will be ready in time to face West Ham at the end of the international break.

The Eagles take on West Brom this weekend, and the starting XI will likely be similar to the one fielded by Pardew last weekend in the victory over Watford.

It was a makeshift side, with a second-choice defence, and Dwight Gayle leading the line despite Pardew making it clear that the striker is not part of his first-team.

However, victory was still secured, and the manager will be hoping to clinch another three points on Saturday afternoon against the Baggies.

Pardew has done well to cope with his second string side, but the medical report has given him a positive update for his team, with the international break coming up.

After the West Brom fixture, Palace take on West Ham following the international break, and Connor Wickham, Mile Jedinak, Damien Delaney and Joel Ward are all set to return to action for that tie.

This means that Palace can field what is arguably their strongest first-team, and although West Ham have played well this season, there is every reason to worry when the Eagles field a full strength side.

The Hammers will face a tough challenge when coming up against Palace on October 17, and the tie between the two London-based sides is one which pitches two teams hoping to make an impact in the upper echelons of the Premier League this season into direct competition.

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