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The Crystal Palace boss feels the loanee striker's impact that season has been crucial, but admits he is not 100 per cent certain of his involvement on Saturday after a month out

Tony Pulis is delighted he can call upon Marouane Chamakh after the Crystal Palace loanee returned to fitness following a month out with a hamstring injury.

The striker, and club's top scorer this season, is in contention to return this weeken, but the manager says he will make a late call on his involvement against Cardiff City.

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Confidence levels at Palace are high following last Saturday's 1-0 win over Premier League leaders Chelsea and Pulis knows what a boost it is to have Chamakh at his disposal again.

"Chamakh has trained all week," Pulis told reporters. "He looks ready to go. Whether we start him or whether he's involved on the bench, we'll have to wait and see. It's a decision that I'll make closer to the game."

Chamakh was on target in a 2-0 win when the two sides met at Selhurst Park in December and Pulis has been pleased with the Moroccan's form this season.

Pulis added: "He's been outstanding for us. For me, he's the player that gives us something a little bit different within the group."

Nine teams are separated by 10 points at the bottom of the Premier League, prompting Pulis to predict that the battle for survival will go down to the wire.

"It will ebb and flow - and that's right through the league," said the Welshman. "It has been a very exciting season at the top and bottom of the league."

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