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James McCarthy returns to full training for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have been handed an injury boost ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Watford.

Indeed, James McCarthy had emerged as a doubt for this weekend’s contest having been forced off against Brighton & Hove Albion on February 29, but the midfielder was back in training for the Eagles earlier this week.

What’s the situation?

McCarthy was replaced at the interval of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton, and head coach Roy Hodgson confirmed after the match that the midfielder “was feeling his hamstring” at the Amex.

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The news led to a number of Palace supporters speculating who could take McCarthy’s position in the team moving forward.

However, on Tuesday afternoon, Palace’s official Twitter account posted an image of the Republic of Ireland international in “full training”.

As a result, it seems likely that the 29-year-old will be available for this weekend’s key clash with Watford, who picked up a huge three points against the runaway league leaders Liverpool last time out.

How has McCarthy performed this season?

The midfielder has made 25 appearances in all competitions for the Eagles, picking up six yellow cards in the process.

McCarthy is yet to score or register an assist but has been involved in each of Palace’s last 14 Premier League matches, showing his importance to the club.

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The Irishman played the full 90 minutes against Newcastle United on February 22 before starting against Brighton.

And it does seem likely that he will have a good chance of making the XI for the clash with Watford should he prove his fitness during the remainder of the week.

Meanwhile, a number of Palace fans have been discussing the latest news surrounding Allan Saint-Maximin.

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