Crystal Palace v Nottingham Forest preview

Team news for Saturday's final Championship game of the season between Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest at Selhurst Park (kick-off 12:45).

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James Vaughan needs a late fitness check ahead of Crystal Palace's clash with Nottingham Forest.

Vaughan is rated 50-50 with an ankle injury in what will be the final match of his loan spell from Everton.

Fellow strikers Steffen Iversen and Pablo Counago are in line to return to the squad.

Iversen missed last week's draw at Hull with an ankle knock and Counago was absent through illness.

Manager Dougie Freedman is also boosted by the return of midfielder Neil Danns and winger Sean Scannell from suspension.

Left-back Lee Hills (knee) and midfielder Alex Marrow (ankle) remain long-term absentees for Palace, who secured their Championship survival with the point they picked up at the KC Stadium.

Robert Earnshaw is suspended as Forest look to secure a play-off spot.

The Wales international will serve a one-match ban after he was sent off during the home victory against Scunthorpe.

Fellow striker Robbie Findley remains a doubt after missing last weekend's game with a thigh problem.

Boss Billy Davies has a selection poser at left-back after Paul Konchesky returned to Liverpool at the end of his loan spell. Joel Lynch (thigh) remains sidelined, so Davies must pick from Julian Bennett, Chris Cohen or Chris Gunter.

Forward Nathan Tyson continues to struggle with the thigh injury that has seen him miss the last three matches.

A draw will confirm a top-six spot for Forest, who have a superior goal difference over seventh-placed Leeds.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Norwich 10 11 20
2 N Forest 10 10 20
3 Watford 10 8 20
4 Derby 10 9 19
5 Ipswich 10 6 18
6 Charlton 10 4 18
7 Wolves 10 3 18
8 M'boro 10 6 17
9 Sheff Wed 10 3 16
10 Reading 10 0 15
11 Blackburn 10 -2 14
12 Leeds 10 -2 14
13 Brentford 10 -3 14
14 Cardiff 10 0 13
15 Bournemth 10 1 12
16 Millwall 10 -3 11
17 Rotherham 10 -4 11
18 Huddersfld 10 -8 11
19 Brighton 10 -2 10
20 Birmingham 10 -6 10
21 Wigan 10 -2 9
22 Fulham 10 -8 7
23 Bolton 10 -12 5
24 Blackpool 10 -9 3

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