Selhurst Park, Saturday 3.00pm
Fellow midfielder Andre Moritz is out for up to eight weeks after sustaining an ankle injury in the same game.
Striker Danny Haynes faces a fitness test but midfielder Andy Hughes is out with an Achilles injury.
“Obviously it’s a club I know well. I started there and started my football education at the age of 15.
“Lots of my family and my mum still live in the area so I’m always going past Palace and I’ve got a lot of friends that still watch them.
“It’s a club that I will always look out for, like many of my other clubs. Now, of course, being manager of Charlton that association is in the past. It’s all about now, it’s all about the present and it’s all about Saturday at 3pm.
“Results have gone a little bit against them recently but they are still in a good position and I’m sure they are still aiming to get in the top two by the end of the season.
“It’s a huge game. I suppose I’m trying to play it down as much as I can as I feel it’s important that we play the game and not the occasion really.
“The fans will be there in numbers supporting both teams and I will be just looking to my 11 to perform.”
He continued: “Personally speaking, I have quite a few playing memories against them. I remember playing on Boxing Day at The Valley and they scored after about 20-odd seconds, but we ended up winning 2-1 and then I played at Selhurst when Todorov scored and we won 1-0.
“I’ve had some decent games against Palace and some decent results, but obviously this year’s wasn’t the one I wanted.
“When you look back at that game as well we had a disallowed goal which should have stood, but it didn’t on the night. Ben Hamer came up after 90-plus minutes and Owen Garvan cleared it off the line. But equally Palace played quite well at times on the evening.
“They are always passionate, lively affairs between us. I’m sure the banter and the tackles and everything will be at 100 per cent on Saturday and of course come 5pm I would like to see another decent away performance from us, because that has been a real strong area for us this season.
“I’ve read a lot of things about Ian Holoway and spoken to him once or twice and he’s a great character.
“He’s obviously gone into Palace and he sold [Wilfried] Zaha, which I’m sure is a shame on his part as I’m sure he would have liked to work with him for a number of years. But you can’t turn that sort of deal down when it’s Manchester United and it’s the pinnacle of clubs in England.
“He’s said himself he has learned a lot from his various managerial jobs, especially Leicester. He learned a lot in that season. He had just under a season at Leicester and he took a spell out of the game before he resurfaced and he felt he learned a lot from that about himself, about leadership, about the way he wanted to play and he certainly came into Blackpool to good effect.
“He got them promoted by the play-offs, got them in the play-offs again and they had a brand of football. It was quite open at both ends, but that’s what he believed in, and as a manager you always believe in and have conviction in what you are doing and he certainly did that.
“He may see Palace as a bigger and better chance to be promoted to the Premier League, so he’s made that decision for himself and it’s good to see him down in South London with Keith Millen, someone I know well. They are two good people and I think they will do well at Palace - hopefully after Saturday.”
“I watched the game on television when we lost 1-0 and I felt we should have got something out of it. The atmosphere on that day was brilliant and hopefully we can have that again on Saturday.
“The away fans are always brilliant, especially when we went to Blackburn the other week they were superb. Hopefully we can put on a good performance for them on Saturday.
“I understand [the rivalry] because I have been here for so long. I have been here since I was eight and I know what it is like to grow up with Charlton and Palace. It’s always a big rivalry – as it is with Millwall as well.
“I’ll be giving 100 per cent for the club, trying to get the three points and hopefully we can do that because we need to get our own back for them taking three points at our place last time.
“I remember Dennis Rommedahl scoring in the last minute and I’ve got a few Palace fans as mates who will be at the game. Hopefully I can stick one past Palace and give a bit of stick to my mates.”
“I am sure we will turn it around, we’ve been playing in a positive way and if we can continue that then the results will start turning in our favour.
“Derbies can be a catalyst to turn things around. We’ve had a few this season and we’ve been on the end of some good results, so hopefully we can continue that form and kick-start the season.
“Jazz Richards has been with us for a few days, you can see he is enthusiastic. He is a young fella but he has been around the Swansea set up for some time, so hopefully he can get settled in as soon as possible. I am sure he will be a fine asset.
“I am at Palace, and I am absolutely happy at being here. As far as I know I am going to here and there is nothing going on at his stage.
“The attention with WIlfried has been intense, but now we can move on, we can put it all behind us and we’re just chuffed for him. He knows he has a job to do in the next six months, and I am sure he will be focussed on the job in hand.”
Palace assistant manager Keith Millen
"I saw the challenge on Mile at the time and thought it was an elbow. The video footage shows he (Lee) swung his arm. Sometimes you have to move your arms in football and you catch people, but to do that much damage to someone's face is more than just an arm being put out there.
"That was swung and it was a straight arm swing – he's caught him and it's not the first time he's done it. It's just not acceptable, and what annoyed us after the game was the reaction, that there was no remorse from Huddersfield and that's what upset us all.
"For Mile to swell up like that and not to get any remorse from their team angered us – it's not the sort of thing you want to see on a football field."
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|14/09/2012||League||Charlton Athletic||0 - 1||Crystal Palace|
|27/01/2009||League||Charlton Athletic||1 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|30/09/2008||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 0||Charlton Athletic|
|08/02/2008||League||Charlton Athletic||2 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|01/09/2007||League||Crystal Palace||0 - 1||Charlton Athletic|
Palace 4-1 Charlton Athletic
Wednesday September 23 2015
Palace: Hennessey, Delaney (Hangeland, 34), Souare, Kelly, Mariappa, Zaha, Ledley, Lee, McArthur (Cabaye, 74), Gayle, Campbell (Bamford, 60)
Subs not used: Bolasie, Puncheon, Sako, Speroni
Goals: Campbell (51), Gayle (pen 59, pen 74, 86)
Charlton Athletic: Pope, Diarra, Fox, Solly, Sarr, Bergdich, Cousins (Kashi, 65), Kennedy (Gudmundsson, 59), Ba, McAleny (Watt, 72), Ahearne-Grant
Subs not used: Bauer, Mitov, Lennon, Holmes-Dennis
Sent off: Diarra (73)
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