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Team News: Three Changes For Palace

9 December 2017

Palace boss Roy Hodgson has made three changes to his side for today’s clash against Bournemouth, with Yohan Cabaye and James Tomkins returning from injury to start against the Cherries.

The pair missed the game against West Bromwich Albion seven days ago but are fit enough to feature this afternoon, however Joel Ward hasn’t be able to be included in a league matchday squad for the first time this season due to a groin injury, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah taking his place at right-back.

Meanwhile, Julian Speroni continues in goal ahead of Wayne Hennessey, who is named on the bench alongside Scott Dann and James McArthur who have all recovered from injury and illness.

Bournemouth meanwhile have made one change to their side that drew 1-1 with Southampton six days ago, with defender Steve Cook replacing the suspended Adam Smith at right-back.

Palace: Speroni, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Sakho, Schlupp, Townsend, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Loftus-Cheek, Zaha, Benteke. Subs: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Kelly, Dann, Puncheon, McArthur, Sako.

Bournemouth: Begovic, S. Cook, Francis, Ake, Daniels, Stanislas, L. Cook, Surman, Fraser, King, Defoe. Subs: Boruc, Simpson, Gosling, Arter, Ibe, Wilson, Afobe.

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