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C Palace v Aston Villa preview

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis hopes to have a fully fit squad when his side host Aston Villa, who are boosted by the return of a key trio on Saturday.

Dwight Gayle returned from an ankle injury to score five goals in an Under-21s fixture against Brentford on Wednesday night but the young striker is not considered ready to start for Palace.

The Eagles have no other major injury concerns ahead of the contest at Selhurst Park as Pulis' side look to take another step closer to Barclays Premier League survival.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has three key players available again at Palace.

Striker Gabby Agbonlahor and midfielders Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi missed last weekend's 2-1 defeat at home to Fulham either through illness or injury, but all have trained this week and should return to the starting line-up.

Lambert remains without six long term-injured in Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N'Zogbia, Jores Okore, Nicklas Helenius and Gary Gardner.