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Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Peterborough and Crystal Palace at the London Road Stadium.

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Long-term knee injury victims Joe Lewis and Dave Hibbert will be the only absentees for Peterborough on their return to the Championship.

Goalkeeper Lewis has almost recovered from the knee injury he sustained during the League One play-off semi-final against MK Dons in May.

He is expected to be back in first-team contention before the end of the month, although Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony has hinted Lewis could be sold by then.

Hibbert has been out even longer. The striker suffered his injury in an FA Cup tie against Stockport in November and it is not yet known when he will be fit again.

Grant Basey has recovered from his knee problem and the left-back will be in the squad, while striker David Ball has been given the all clear after hobbling out of the friendly at Gillingham last weekend.

Andrew Davies and Ryan McGivern are in line for immediate Crystal Palace debuts.

Stoke centre-half Davies and Manchester City full-back McGivern joined the Eagles on one-month loan deals on Thursday.

Boss Dougie Freedman drafted the duo in as Nathaniel Clyne is sidelined with a foot injury and fellow defender Dean Moxey is suspended for the first three games of the season.

Summer signing Glenn Murray will start in attack while Freedman will also add new midfielders Mile Jedinak and Jonathan Parr to his squad.

Kagisho Dikgacoi, who was on loan with the Eagles last season, starts in central midfield after joining on a permanent deal from Fulham.

He could be partnered by Alex Marrow, who is fit after an ankle injury sidelined him for much of last season.

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