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CRYSTAL Palace striker Stern John is set to have his cast removed today - and could be back from his dislocated elbow after the international break.

The Eagles forward suffered the injury just 30 minutes into his debut for the club on the opening day of the season. Palace boss Neil Warnock said: “Once Stern has got the cast removed he will need two to three weeks to get fit.”

If John only takes a fortnight to get back in shape it would put him in contention to be involved in the home match against Cardiff on October 17.

Freddie Sears, who has missed the last two games with an ankle problem, is expected to be available for the visit of the Bluebirds.

John raring to go.
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Crystal Palace striker Stern John is determined to make up for lost time after injury ruined the start of his Selhurst Park career.

The Trinidad & Tobago forward suffered a dislocated elbow barely half an hour into his Eagles debut, and is targeting a return to action after the international break.

"It's been a frustrating time. The lads are all really excited about what we can achieve this season, but I still feel like the new boy around the place because I haven't had time on the pitch," he said.

"I'm already six to eight weeks behind everyone else. I've kept myself as fit as possible but I can't wait to get back on the pitch and start scoring goals for Palace."