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Team News: Zaha Returns At The Cottage

30 July 2016


Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has made five changes to his line-up for today’s friendly against Fulham at Craven Cottage, with Wilfried Zaha returning to action.

The winger limped off against FC Cincinnati a fortnight ago but has shaken off that knock to resume his quest for pre-season fitness, and takes to the field in west London as part of a strong Eagles line-up in place of Connor Wickham.

Joint top-scorer in pre-season so far Jordon Mutch replaces fellow leader Fraizer Campbell, and Pape Souare and Joel Ward come in as the full-backs ahead of Zeki Fryers and Martin Kelly, while Andros Townsend is reinstalled in the side ahead of Sullay Kaikai.

Meanwhile Jonny Williams, Luke Dreher and Keshi Anderson could all make their first appearances of the summer, with the latter returning after nine months out with an ACL injury.

Fulham meanwhile make eight changes to their side that drew 0-0 CD Nacional in Portugal five days ago, with summer signings Dennis Odoi, Kevin McDonald, Floyd Ayite, Michael Madl, Sone Aluko and Tomas Kalas all handed their first starts for the Whites at the Cottage.

Fulham: Joronen, Odoi, Kalas, Madl, Sessegnon, Tunnicliffe, McDonald, Cairney, Ayité, Aluko, Smith. Subs: Rodak, Stearman, Parker, Christensen.

Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Jedinak, Mutch, Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend, Bolasie. Subs: Perntreou, Kelly, Binnom-Williams, Wynter, Croll, Dreher, Lee, Kaikai, Williams, Wickham, Anderson.

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