Alan Pardew gives injury update ahead of West Ham clash, hints this man could return

The Crystal Palace manager raises doubts over the fitness of three players but says Connor Wickham could be fit enough to play some part.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has given an injury update to reporters ahead of this weekend's clash with West Ham, revealing that midfield duo Yohan Cabaye and Mile Jedinak could miss out but Connor Wickham could play some role in attack, as quoted by the club's Twiiter account.

Palace are on a desperately poor run of form, having won none and lost nine of their last 13 Premier League matches since 19 December, a run which has seen them slip from top-half contenders to just seven points outside the relegation zone with eight games remaining.

It appears as though they have been hit with a further blow ahead of a return to club action this weekend, with Pardew confirming that a key midfield pair have picked up knocks on international duty, along with Emmanuel Adebayor.

Pardew told reporters, as quoted by Palace's official Twitter account: "Cabaye and Mile [Jedinak] have knocks. We're not sure if they're both going to make it.

"He has a knock, Ade, as well. So we're waiting on him too. We're desperate to get him up to speed."

However, there could be a big boost for Eagles fans at Upton Park as Pardew revealed that striker Connor Wickham could be fit to play some part.

The former Sunderland man has not played since 1 March, when he followed up his two goals in the defeat to West Bromwich Albion three days earlier with another brace against his former club at the Stadium of Light.

Pardew revealed: "Connor did the warm up today and we're hoping he gets some football this week. That's great news for us."

Meanwhile, long-term absentee James McArthur is gradually stepping up his recovery from an injury which has ruled him out since the start of February, but is not expected to return to action any time soon.

Pardew added: "McArthur is progressing, but is still some way off."

Palace will be desperate to stop Pardew's former club West Ham furthering their claim for a European spot and put some more distance between themselves and the relegation zone, with the gap seemingly closing week upon week.

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