Gayle to replace suspended Chamakh

Dwight Gayle is set to replace suspended striker Marouane Chamakh for the Boxing Day trip to Aston Villa as manager Tony Pulis battles an injury crisis.

A magical moment for the 22-year-old!

Former Stoke boss Pulis can almost name a starting XI of unavailable players, so is likely to continue with full-back Joe Ward in midfield.

Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan could face his former club despite being withdrawn at half-time in last week's 3-0 home defeat to Newcastle, with Pulis dubbing the clash "not his kind of game".

Probable squad: Speroni, Mariappa, Moxey, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Bolasie, Jedinak, Jerome, Gayle, Puncheon, Parr, Campana, Bannan, Phillips, Williams, Price.

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