James Tomkins back for Crystal Palace’s game with Chelsea

Crystal Palace v West Ham United – Premier League – Selhurst Park
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Patrick Vieira will have James Tomkins at his disposal for the first time this season when Crystal Palace host Chelsea on Saturday.

Tomkins returns from a calf injury, while fellow defender Nathan Ferguson (Achilles), goalkeeper Jack Butland (finger) and midfielder James McArthur (groin) remain unavailable.

Saturday could also see the call-ups of one or more players from the under-21 side who trounced Paris St Germain 7-3 on Wednesday with John-Kymani Gordon scoring a hat-trick.

Defender Marc Cucurella and midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka will miss out for Chelsea through illness.

Midfielder N’Golo Kante and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy are back in training after respective hamstring and knee injuries but are too far away from sharpness to feature at Selhurst Park.

Former Brighton manager Graham Potter will take charge of his first Premier League match as Chelsea head coach.

Palace provisional squad: Guaita, Guehi, Mitchell, Ward, Andersen, Eze, Schlupp, Doucoure, Ayew, Mateta, Zaha, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Olise, Clyne, Hughes, Johnstone, Edouard, Ebiowei, Richards, Riedewald.

Chelsea provisional squad: Arrizabalaga, Bettinelli, Azpilicueta, Silva, Koulibaly, Fofana, Chalobah, James, Chilwell, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Zakaria, Kovacic, Gallagher, Mount, Ziyech, Pulisic, Sterling, Havertz, Broja, Aubameyang.

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