Ventola in Palace return

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Nicola Ventola made a successful return to action for Crystal Palace as he scored in their emphatic 8-0 reserve win over Portsmouth on Tuesday night.

The on-loan Internazionale striker will now be targeting a return to first team action after being sidelined since September with knee and ankle problems.

Since his temporary move from the Serie A giants in the summer, the striker has featured just twice as a substitute for Iain Dowie after suffering the debilitating run of injuries.

However the London outfit could now welcome Ventola back to play a part in their bid to avoid the drop, as they are currently just one point shy of the desired 17th spot.

The Italian hit-man was replaced at half time of his reserve run-out after six months out of the game.