MAROUANE Chamakh is set for a further scan on his injured hamstring next week, says Palace boss Neil Warnock.
The striker is definitely out of this weekend's clash at Manchester City, and it looks likely he will miss the Boxing Day game with Southampton.
Warnock admitted he had another couple of knocks to contend with ahead of Saturday, but nothing serious, while James McArthur should be fine to start despite playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks.
"Marouane has not ripped it but he has overstretched," the boss told the Advertiser.
"He will not be available this weekend and we will have to him scanned again next week. There is some fluid around it at the moment.
"They're delicate, hamstrings, and he's done it twice before. We just need to get through these next few games.
"There or one or two knocks but nobody is looking doubtful. James McArthur is in a little bit pain with his ribs but he'll play like he did last week."
And Warnock revealed Adrian Mariappa has a chance of making the squad for the weekend too.
"He trained on Tuesday," he said. "He's not bad and I wouldn't write him off, depending on what options we've got."
Don't miss the full interview with Warnock in Friday's Croydon Advertiser.
By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)