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Mariappa eyes a start for Crystal Palace

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ADRIAN MARIAPPA is hoping to take his chance back in the starting XI after coming on after just 12 minutes at Hull City last weekend.

The former Reading man has found himself on the substitutes' bench in recent weeks, with manager Neil Warnock preferring Martin Kelly at right-back.

However, with Scott Dann injuring his medial ligaments , it could mean Mariappa will find himself starting the next few games.

"Whenever I play, wherever I play, I'll always give everything," he said. "Martin is like most full-backs out there, like myself and Joel Ward – we all started out as centre-halves.

"I thought Martin did well when he went in there. Wherever we play, if we're not playing, all the lads are pulling in the same direction.

"But when you do play you want to take your chance. As a sub you've got to be ready and warm-up well. I just went straight into it.

"Hopefully, it's not too serious with Scott. He's been a massive part of what we've achieved at this club in the last year.

"I hope it's not too bad for him and he's back playing sooner than later.

"I haven't played too much this season yet but I thought in the first half at Hull we linked up well down the right, like we did in the latter part of last season.

"That was pleasing and a bit better quality on the crossing and it may have come to something. That's positive from my point of view going forward."

Mariappa had been called up to the Jamaica squad for the game with Japan, but on Thursday morning national team manager Winfried Schaefer revealed that he had received a message from the defender that he was dropping out of the squad for what was believed to be injury concerns.

Mariappa eyes a start for Crystal Palace


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