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Bridge set to return for Palace showdown
Wayne Bridge is on course to return to the Albion defence in Saturday’s showdown against arch-rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The former England left-back was missing for the third match in a row against Bristol City last night, due to a calf injury.
Marcos Painter deputised again but was forced off in the closing stages by a recurrence of cramps.
Manager Gus Poyet revealed to The Argus: “I am sure Wayne is going to be fit for Saturday, unless he has a setback.
“I’m looking forward to that because again we had the problem with Marcos and we needed to change him.
“I feel sorry for him but it’s difficult for me, because I need to hold one change back just in case he has the cramps.”
Albion go into the Palace clash undefeated for seven matches and up a place to seventh, a point outside the play-off zone.
Poyet said: “We are on a good run and it’s a great game for us. Motivation is not going to be an issue.”
Gordon Greer praised Painter for his performances as stand-in for Bridge. The skipper said: “We train with each other every day so it should be seamless when people come into the side. Paints has been great.”