NEIL Warnock says he expects Palace defender Paddy McCarthy to return to Sheffield United on loan before the weekend.
The boss put the centre-back on the substitutes' bench against Manchester United on Saturday after his first loan with the Blades ended.
McCarthy was not allowed to play for United in the FA Cup either, as Palace are looking to use him in the third round of the competition at the start of January.
"I spoke to Paddy at the weekend and I believe he's going to go back until January," Warnock told the Advertiser.
"But we can have him back at 24 hours' notice. I think Sheffield United want him to play for them this Saturday."
Don't miss the big interview with Warnock in Friday's Croydon Advertiser.
By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)