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Team News: Ward Returns For Derby Day

14 April 2018

Joel Ward has been included in Crystal Palace’s starting line-up for today’s clash against arch-rivals Brighton and Hove Albion, in the only change to the Eagles team.

The right-back has featured just once since December – in February’s game at Everton – after struggling with a calf problem, but he returns in time for today’s derby clash with the Seagulls, replacing Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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14 April 2018

Meanwhile Roy Hodgson has also been boosted by including both Christian Benteke and Alexander Sørloth on the bench, alongside Julian Speroni who has recovered from a knee injury.

Chris Hughton has made two changes to his team that drew 1-1 with Huddersfield Town last weekend, with club record signing Jurgen Locadia coming into the side to replace Solly March.

Meanwhile, Beram Kayal fills in for the suspended Davy Propper, meaning that the returning Anthony Knockaert only has a place on the bench.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Zaha. Subs: Speroni, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Riedewald, Lee, Benteke, Sørloth.

Brighton: Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Locadia, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo, Gross, Murray. Subs: Krul, Bruno, Goldson, March, Knockaert, Ulloa, Baldock.

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