Premier League team news: Crystal Palace v Sunderland

Thomas will likely miss out Photo: PA

Crystal Palace again look set to be without winger Jerome Thomas for the Barclays Premier League game against Sunderland because of an ankle problem.

Midfielder Yannick Bolasie (hamstring) is also sidelined, while captain Paddy McCarthy (groin) continues his rehabilitation, along with forward Glenn Murray (knee).

Manager Ian Holloway is expected to bring back his first-choice players following the Capital One Cup defeat at Bristol, with Jason Puncheon in line to make his home debut and veteran striker Kevin Phillips could face his former club.

Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon will not make the trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday after being arrested and charged with drink driving.

But striker Steven Fletcher will hope for a first appearance for the club in more than five months in the Barclays Premier League clash.

The Scotland international was an unused substitute for the 4-2 Capital One Cup victory over MK Dons on Tuesday night after recovering from ankle surgery and has been included in the travelling party.

Provisional squads:

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Gabbidon, Moxey, Ward, Delaney, Gayle, Puncheon, Phillips, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Gomez, Williams, Chamakh, Garvan, Ramage, Alexander, Wilbraham, Dobbie.

Sunderland: Westwood, Mannone, Celustka, Cuellar, O'Shea, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Cabral, Gardner, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Vaughan, Mavrias, Altidore, Fletcher, Wickham, Ji.