Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham is set to return to action against Liverpool this Sunday following a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury.
Wickham played 60 minutes for Palace's U21 against Bristol City on Tuesday and is confident of making his comeback for the Eagles at Anfield this weekend, having not featured since his side's 2-1 win against Chelsea in August.
Speaking to the Crystal Palace website, Wickham said: "On a personal note, it was good for me to be back out there.
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"It felt good, I felt good. Obviously, I'm not as fit or as sharp as I will be in a few weeks time, but it's all just a work in progress and I'm happy to be back."
This will come as welcome news for manager Alan Pardew, who has seen his side's bright start to the season tempered by a poor run of results.
This is due in no small part to Palace's crop of goal-shy strikers, with no recognised forward hitting the back of the net for the south Londoners in the league this season.
Frazier Campbell, Dwight Gayle and Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford have all been given opportunities up front, but none have been able to establish themselves as a viable replacement in Wickham's absence.
Whilst Gayle put in an excellent shift against Manchester United last weekend, it remains obvious Palace rely on a big centre forward to hold up the ball and feed the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie.
And upon being asked when he'll be ready for first team selection, Wickham replied: "Straight away.
"I'm back playing because I'm fit. I'm injury-free, touch wood, hopefully [I'll be back soon] - the sooner the better."
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