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Crystal Palace Vs Bristol City, Tue 9 Mar 2010

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Crystal Palace will be without Claude Davis for the home game against Bristol City.

The big defender was booked for the 10th time this season during Saturday's win over Sheffield United and begins a two-game ban.

Fellow centre-half Paddy McCarthy has undergone further surgery on his shoulder and is not expected back until next month so veteran Matt Lawrence is likely to step in.

Midfielder Neil Danns remains an injury doubt having missed the last two games with a back problem.

But skipper Shaun Derry overcame his back injury to play the full 90 minutes against the Blades and will be okay to continue in midfield.

Calvin Andrew got the nod ahead of Stern John to partner goalscorer Alan Lee and will hope to keep his place.

Bristol City boss Gary Johnson could make several changes to his side.

The Robins put in a dire performance as they were thumped 5-2 by Doncaster at the weekend and Johnson could be ready to wield the axe.

Danny Haynes was hauled off at the interval on Saturday and was replaced by Ivan Sproule, who could be drafted in from the start, while Paul Hartley will also be hopeful of earning a starting berth in midfield.

Third-choice goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has been recalled from his loan spell at Aldershot following a training injury to number two Steve Collis and will challenge Dean Gerken for the number one spot.

Johnson is not expecting any of his injured players to have recovered in time for the clash at Selhurst Park so Evander Sno (back), Marvin Elliott (knee) will miss out, while Brian Wilson, Jamie McCombe and Jamie McAllister also continue to struggle with their respective injury problems.

The controversial reverse fixture in August, which saw a blatant goal from Palace's Freddie Sears not given, sparked a war of words between the two clubs, with Palace chairman Simon Jordan accusing the Robins of cheating.

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Marvin Elliott
Neil Danns
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