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CITY v PALACE: TEAM NEWS

7 August 2015

Three injury absentees for the Canaries

YOUSSOUF Mulumbu's foot operation was a success according to his manager Alex Neil.

The central midfielder went under the surgeon's knife on Monday after breaking his metatarsel in City's 2-1 friendly victory over Brentford.

Speaking at Friday's pre-Crystal Palace press conference, Neil said: “His operation went successfully. It’s a big blow for him and for us, we’re really disappointed with that but it gives someone else an opportunity.

“Unfortunately he’s going to be out for a number of weeks, and then we’ll try to nurse him back to health as quickly as we can. We’ll monitor it as the weeks go by."

Another absentee for the visit of the Eagles will be Martin Olsson (shoulder), with Neil adding: “Martin shouldn’t be too long. He’s done very well, he’s done a lot of his fitness work.

"Now it’s just a case of trying to get contact, which will be incorporated next week."

Kyle Lafferty is the other player from Neil's squad ruled out, with the Northern Ireland international still recovering from a knee problem picked up early in pre-season.

Alan Pardew's Palace will be without goalkeeper Julian Speroni (finger), while doubts remain over the fitness of Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell (both hamstring).

Highly-rated winger Yannick Bolasie (hamstring) is winning his race to be fit and Pardew looks likely to hand a debut to marquee signing Yohan Cabaye, who has recovered from a dead leg.

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