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Crystal Palace team news: Key man to return vs Watford, versatile star a doubt

Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho looks set to included in the matchday squad when Watford are the visitors to Selhurst Park on Saturday, reports Sky Sports.

The 30-year-old, who has not featured for the Eagles since the draw with Norwich City on New Year’s Day, has been out with a hamstring injury but played the full 90 minutes for the club’s U23 side in their 5-1 win over Colchester United on Monday.

Fellow Palace defender Jeffrey Schlupp has an outside chance of being included but it remains doubtful as he recovers from a groin problem that has not seen him make a Palace appearance since early December.

Cenk Tosun, who joined the club on loan from Everton in January, has now returned to Merseyside after suffering a serious knee injury in training that required surgery.

The visit of Watford is too soon for James Tomkins but the Palace defender could return next week after being out with a hamstring problem.

Back-to-back victories have seen Palace rise to 12th in the Premier League and appears to have eased any relegation fears with the club hierarchy deciding to give manager Roy Hodgson a new one-year contract.

The Eagles finished last season with 49 points, which was their best-ever points total, and could so yet again this time around but scoring goals at Selhurst Park has been a problem this campaign as they have hit just 11 goals in 14 home games – the worst in the league.

By contrast, Watford have registered 11 goals in 14 away matches but have now moved out of the relegation zone after their shock 3-0 win over Liverpool last week.

The Hornets are without Daryl Janmaat and Gerard Deulofeu as the latter was stretchered off in the victory over the league leaders and manager Nigel Pearson unsure of when the former Barcelona and Everton winger will return.

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