Crystal Palace v Doncaster preview

Team news for Crystal Palace's Championship clash with Doncaster at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Last Updated: 26/11/10 at 10:15

McCarthy: Groin injury

McCarthy: Groin injury

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Palace will be without captain Paddy McCarthy for the the visit of Rovers.

The defender suffered a groin injury during last weekend's defeat at Sheffield United, and although the problem is not as serious as first feared he will be out for a fortnight.

Anthony Gardner is a doubt with a back injury so Adam Barrett could be recalled at centre-half in McCarthy's place.

Owen Garvan starts a two-match ban following his red card at Bramall Lane but fellow midfielder Darren Ambrose could return after a hamstring injury ruled him out last week.

Winger Sean Scannell played 45 minutes for the reserves this week to step up his recovery from the knee injury he suffered in pre-season.

Dennis Souza is in contention for his Doncaster debut but striker Billy Sharp may have to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench again.

Former Barnsley defender Souza, also expected to be among the substitutes, has been waiting for international clearance since arriving at the Keepmoat earlier this month.

Sharp made a surprise return to the squad last week ahead of schedule following a hamstring injury but manager Sean O'Driscoll is likely to stick with on-loan David Healy up front alongside James Hayter, who has scored in each of the last five matches.

O'Driscoll will also be boosted by the return to contention of central defenders Adam Lockwood (foot) and Shelton Martis (groin).

But Martin Wood (groin), Jo Mills (ankle), George Friend, Simon Gillett and James Chambers (all knee) remain sidelined.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Championship Fixtures

Sunday, 28 December 2014
12:00
N Forest v Birm'ham  
15:00
Blackburn v M'boro  
Blackpool v Rotherham  
Cardiff v Watford  
Huddsf'ld v Bolton  
Millwall v B'mouth  
Reading v Norwich  
Wolves v Brentford  
Monday, 29 December 2014
20:00
Fulham v Brighton  
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
19:45
Derby v Leeds  

Footer 365

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky give 10-man Arsenal 2-1 win over QPR

Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over QPR despite Olivier Giroud's second-half sending off.

Premier League: Manchester City respond to Chelsea's victory by winning at West Brom

Manchester City won 3-1 at West Brom to reduce the gap on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League back to three points.

Premier League: Stoke manager Mark Hughes praises tactical display in win over Everton

Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes his side got their tactics right as they picked up a 1-0 win at Everton.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property