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Sunderland v C Palace preview

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has a virtually full-strength squad from which to select for Saturday's vital Barclays Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

Central defender Wes Brown and midfielder Craig Gardner both missed the 3-0 FA Cup sixth-round defeat at Hull with knocks, but have since returned to training and are in contention.

Striker Jozy Altidore, defender Valentin Roberge and midfielder El-Hadji Ba sat out at the KC Stadium through illness, but all three have recovered, leaving only goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) on the sidelines.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis will be without Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh.

The 30-year-old, who is the Eagles' top scorer with five league goals, is sidelined with a hamstring strain that already saw him sit out last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

English forward Glenn Murray is set to replace Chamakh up front and lead Palace's attack at Sunderland. Pulis will have the rest of his players available for the encounter at the Stadium of Light.