Football - Ollie handed Jedinak boost

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway will be boosted by the return of midfielder Mile Jedinak for the clash with fellow play-off chasers Middlesbrough.

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The 28-year-old has been sidelined since he suffered a broken nose and cheekbone during his side's 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield on January 30, but is set to return this weekend wearing a protective face mask.

Defender Joel Ward could recover from a groin problem in time to be included in Holloway's squad but this game looks to have come too soon for Brazilian midfielder Andre Moritz, who is still recovering from an ankle injury.

Alex Nimely remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Paddy McCarthy (groin) and Owen Garvan (knee) will also miss out as they continue their recovery.

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