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Joniesta Happy To Be Fit Again After Five Months Of Injury Hell

Jonny Williams is relishing the chance to play regular football again, with another spate of injuries having kept him out of action for the last five months.

After returning to Ipswich for a third loan spell on Thursday afternoon, the midfielder spoke about his excitement about getting back out on the pitch, as he looks to prove to Palace boss Alan Pardew that he has what it takes to make an impact in the Premier League next season.

With Ipswich challenging for promotion, Jonny could prove to be a real difference maker in the final weeks of the campaign, having impressed hugely for the Tractor Boys in both of his previous loan spells, encouraging Mick McCarthy to go back in for him.

Williams said:

“The last five months have been very tough but the support I’ve had from fans during that period has been special.

I’m delighted to be back at Ipswich and I can’t wait to get back out on the pitch again. I really enjoyed my last two spells here and I’m looking forward to starting my third.

“The boys are doing really well and I’m hoping I can contribute wherever possible in this promotion push.

“They’re a great bunch of lads and I’m looking forward to working with them and the staff again. I just can’t wait to get started now.”

Thanks to the terms of the loan deal, Williams would be able to stay with Ipswich until the play-off semi-finals, before being forced to sit out of the final, should they get there.

With seven games to go, the Suffolk-based outfit sit in sixth place, just a point above Brentford in seventh, and five points behind Watford in second, leaving everyone associated with the club biting their nails over what the next few weeks have in store for them.

Whilst you would assume that automatic promotion is a little too much to expect between now and the end of the season, there is a part of me which envisages Jonny hammering home a shot from long-range to send his teammates up on the final day of the campaign away at Blackburn.

After the hellish spell on the sidelines he’s been forced to endure, it would be a deserved moment of elation for one of the nicest players you’re ever likely to meet.

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Which Inter Milan Players Could Palace Target This Summer?

With Alan Pardew having spoken to the press about conversations the club had held with Benfica and Inter Milan about possible transfer dealings over the summer, footballing site HITC have looked into which Inter players Palace may be lining up.

Although their suggestions remain the stuff of pure speculation, there is always a huge appetite for transfer gossip, which will only increase now that it looks as though our place in the Premier League is close to being confirmed for another season.

The three players they have selected all have a feasible chance of swapping the San Siro for SE25, thanks to the lure of the English game in recent years, even if, to some, the idea of Palace being linked to players of their calibre remains a strange sensation.

First up, HITC throw forward the name of 30-year-old keeper Samir Handanovic, who has been told that he can leave the Italian giant at the end of the current campaign, which could well be of interest to Alan Pardew, given Speroni’s advancing years. A Slovenian international, Handanovic has a solid level of experience and could well entertain the idea of a switch to England.

Next up is Danilo D’Ambrosio, a 26-year-old full-back, capable of playing on both sides of defence, with the ability to bomb forward as and when the opportunity arises. Currently not viewed as a pivotal member of the Inter side, HITC claim that he could well be open to swapping the blue and black stripes for red and blue if first-team football is on offer.

Last but definitely not least is Mateo Kovacic, who has made a huge impact for Inter this season, despite only being 20. With five goals and two assists to his name in 25 appearances, the impressive nature of his performances has alerted plenty of clubs, hut if Palace were able to lure him to SE25, it would force the rest of the division to sit up and take notice; particularly when you take into account the existence of a contract which is set to keep him in Milan until 2019.

No one is suggesting that the three players mentioned above have been spoken to about a deal that sees them moving to south London, but with a solid buffer between ourselves and the bottom three at the time of writing, it makes a pleasant change to be able to look three months ahead without fear of which division we might be playing in.

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