Tony Pulis: "Marouane Chamakh won't be fit"

Marouane Chamakh of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Cardiff City at Selhurst Park on December 07, 2013
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Tony Pulis confirms that striker Marouane Chamakh will not be fit to take on Newcastle United on Saturday.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has revealed that striker Marouane Chamakh will not be fit in time to take on Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Pulis said that his side's chances would be worse without Chamakh on the pitch because the striker is so capable at dropping off the front line to get involved with play.

"Chamakh won't be fit for Saturday," Pulis said in his pre-match press conference. "It is a massive blow because he plays that position so, so well.

"He is a good player, can score goals and he can drop into that number 10 position. It is a miss, but we have to get on with it."

Palace are currently 17th, three points above the relegation zone.

Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against West Brom during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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