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Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Crystal Palace and West Ham at Selhurst Park.

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Nathaniel Clyne could return to the Crystal Palace squad.

The young right-back, Palace's player of the year last season, has yet to figure this term after suffering a broken foot in a friendly at Bournemouth over the summer but is now training again.

Boss Dougie Freedman has no new injury concerns following Tuesday night's 3-1 derby win at Brighton but is still without left-back Lee Hills (knee) and midfield duo Kagisho Dikgacoi (hamstring) and Owen Garvan (hip).

Freedman could name an unchanged side although midfielder Darren Ambrose is pushing for a place in the starting line-up after coming on as a substitute at the Amex Stadium and scoring Palace's crucial second goal.

West Ham will check on Joey O'Brien, Matt Taylor and Winston Reid ahead of the trip.

Right-back O'Brien has a hamstring issue, midfielder Taylor missed Tuesday's defeat by Ipswich with a calf problem and centre-half Reid also sat out with a knock.

Boss Sam Allardyce is set to revert to playing Carlton Cole as a lone striker after switching to 4-4-2 against Ipswich, meaning Sam Baldock will be back on the bench.

But Allardyce has ruled out major changes despite their midweek setback.

Striker Frederic Piquionne is back in contention after a three-match ban and recent signing Papa Bouba Diop is still awaiting his debut after joining as a free agent.

Winger Gary O'Neil (ankle) is a long-term absentee.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
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Millwall v Cardiff
15:00
Birm'ham v B'mouth
Bolton v Brentford
Brighton v Rotherham
Derby v Wigan
Ipswich v Huddsf'ld
Leeds v Wolves
M'boro v Watford
N Forest v Blackburn
Reading v Blackpool

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 14 1 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Fulham 14 -6 14
20 Wigan 13 -2 12
21 Brighton 13 -3 12
22 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

Updated Fri, 24 Oct 2014

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