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Gardner: Could face his former club

Gardner: Could face his former club

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

Damien Delaney goes straight into the Crystal Palace squad.

The former Republic of Ireland defender has agreed a free transfer to Selhurst Park on a short-term contract.

Boss Dougie Freedman has been busy in the transfer market this week and Yannick Bolasie, Andre Moritz and Darcy Blake are all in line to make their home debuts.

Freedman could be further boosted by the return of Glenn Murray, who is back to fitness quicker than expected after a knee injury.

Midfielder Jonathan Williams could make his first start of the season after returning from a calf injury against Preston in midweek, but skipper Paddy McCarthy faces another few weeks out with a groin problem.

Defender Anthony Gardner is back in contention for a place in the starting line-up when Sheffield Wednesday visit his former club Crystal Palace.

Gardner missed the last three games with a hamstring injury but could return to the side in place of Mark Beevers against the Eagles.

If the defender does return to the squad, he is likely to be manager Dave Jones' only change from the Owls' last league game.

Wednesday, who are unbeaten under Jones and sit second in the Championship table, made five changes for their Capital One Cup win over Fulham on Tuesday but are expected to name the same side that beat Millwall last week.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26