Crystal Palalce v Sheffield Wednesday. Match preview

Last updated : 29 September 2009 By Palace Reporter

The player of the year was withdrawn from Saturday's home win over Cardiff as a precaution due to a neck problem sustained last week in training but is likely to start alongside on-loan Derby forward Luke Varney at Selhurst Park.

Laws is expected to opt for Etienne Esajas on the right wing in place of Jermaine Johnson after his goal and two assists against Cardiff.

Leon Clarke is pushing for a recall after replacing Tudgay on Saturday and going on to score late on but should start alongside Akpo Sodje on the substitutes' bench.

Laws' side clinched their first league win in four games against Cardiff and are chasing a third home win of the season.

Crystal Palace are likely to be without Freddie Sears once again.

The on-loan West Ham striker has missed the last two games with the ankle injury he suffered towards the end of the recent 4-0 defeat by Scunthorpe.

The Eagles have picked up successive 1-0 wins over Derby and West Brom since the Scunthorpe debacle so manager Neil Warnock will not make too many changes.

Centre-half Claude Davis recovered from a hamstring injury to make the bench at The Hawthorns for the first time since he rejoined on a permanent basis from Derby and he will push to make his second Palace debut.

Frontmen Stern John (elbow) and Calvin Andrew (knee) remain on the sidelines.

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