Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Millwall

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MILLWALL will hand late fitness tests to key duo Andy Keogh and James Henry ahead of their derby date with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Keogh was forced to return prematurely from international duty with the Republic of Ireland after sustaining concussion in training and will be assessed by the Lions' medical staff before kick-off.

Henry, meanwhile, strained a hamstring in the 2-1 win over Bolton prior to the two-week international break and is said to be 50-50 to recover in time.



Liam Feeney's return from an ankle injury could not be more timely, therefore, with the winger set to be included in Kenny Jackett's squad for the first time in seven matches.

Millwall are also boosted by the return of defensive duo Shane Lowry and Karleigh Osborne. Lowry has served a one-match suspension while Osborne, who had been struggling with a calf injury, is fit again.

But manager Kenny Jackett looks likely to stick with stand-in captain Danny Shittu and Sheffield Wednesday loanee Mark Beevers at the heart of his defence.



Forward Chris Wood should be available following his involvement with the New Zealand national team over the international break, while Jimmy Abdou, who picked up an ankle injury against Bolton, is also expected to start.

The Lions continue to be without skipper Paul Robinson and striker John Marquis.

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman is sweating on the fitness of midfielder Jonny Williams, who picked up a groin injury in the 4-3 victory against Burnley two week's ago.

Otherwise, the Eagles look set to name an unchanged side following their recent good form in the league, which has seen them climb up to fourth in the Championship table.

Captain Paddy McCarthy remains unavailable with a goin injury, while forward David Goodwillie’s loan spell at Palace from Blackburn has been cut short.

David Wright and Kwesi Appiah have returned to the club following loan spells at Gillingham and Aldershot respectively and will be pushing for recalls to the match-day squad.

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