Palace striker faces spell on sidelines

Marouane Chamakh will miss the trip to Reading and possibly the rest of the season for Crystal Palace but Jason Puncheon returns.

Crystal Palace: Palace striker faces spell on sidelinesCrystal Palace: Palace striker faces spell on sidelines

Palace travel to Reading on Friday looking to book a spot in the FA Cup semi-finals and midfielder Puncheon returns following a six game absence with a hamstring injury.

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is also fit again but Connor Wickham misses out, as does fellow striker Chamakh.

The Moroccan has struggled with injury problems throughout the season and the 32-year-old sustained a fresh blow while playing for the Under-21 side on Monday.

Boss Alan Pardew has now confirmed Chamakh faces another stint on the sidelines, and that could see his career at Selhurst Park come to an end as his contract expires this summer.

“Chamakh tore his adductor in a reserve game on Monday and it’s a terrible injury for him,” Pardew is quoted as saying by News Shopper. “He’s been struggling with injuries and it’s such a shame.”

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