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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 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13