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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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Clyne: Yet to figure this season

Clyne: Yet to figure this season

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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, 30 August 2014
12:15
Sheff Wed v N Forest  
15:00
Brighton v Charlton  
Derby v Ipswich  
Fulham v Cardiff  
Leeds v Bolton  
M'boro v Reading  
Millwall v Blackpool  
Norwich v Bournemth  
Rotherham v Brentford  
Watford v Huddersfld  

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Wed, 27 Aug 2014

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