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Team News: Chamakh Returns Against Saints

24 January 2015


Marouane Chamakh has recovered from his hamstring injury to start for Crystal Palace against Southampton at St Mary's this afternoon.

The Moroccan striker has been out of action since mid-December after picking up the problem in the draw against Stoke City, but is named in the Palace starting line-up for their FA Cup fourth round tie against the Saints.

Chamakh is one of three changes to the Palace side that beat Burnley last weekend, with goalscorers Jason Puncheon and Dwight Gayle dropping to the bench and are replaced by the returning Chamkah and Fraizer Campbell.

Wayne Hennessey, who has featured in all of the Eagles' cup games this season, also takes his place between the sticks ahead of Julian Speroni.

Ronald Koeman has made one change to the Southampton side that beat Newcastle United 2-1 last weekend, with Jack Cork coming in for Harrison Reed.

Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Gardos, Fonte, Bertrand, Elia, Cork, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Pelle. Subs: Long, Isgrove, Reed, McCarthy Targett, Seager.

Palace: Hennessey, Kelly, Delaney, Dann, Ward, Zaha, McArthur, Ledley, Campbell, Chamakh, Sanogo. Subs: Speroni, Hangeland, Mariappa, Bannan. Puncheon, Gayle, Murray.

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