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Connor Wickham returns to first-team training with Crystal Palace

Connor Wickham returns to Palace training
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Crystal Palace could have striker Connor Wickham in their squad for the first time in 17 months when they take on Leicester City this weekend.

Connor Wickham is closing in on a first-team return for Crystal Palace following a 17-month spell on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old ruptured his cruciate ligaments against Swansea City in November 2016 and has not featured for the Eagles' senior side since then.

After a successful comeback with the club's Under-23s, however, the ex-Ipswich Town and Sunderland striker can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday afternoon prior to this weekend's Premier League meeting with Leicester City, Palace boss Roy Hodgson confirmed that Wickham is back involved with the first team.

"We don't have any injuries at the moment which is strange," he said. "Today the only players not training are Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako and Scott Dann. Connor trained and Jeffrey Schlupp is back."

Wickham has scored seven league goals for Palace since joining in 2015, making 29 appearances in that time.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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