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Blast from the past: Striker Andrew Johnson returns to Crystal Palace

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Andrew Johnson, remember the name?

The former England international has returned to Crystal Palace, the club where he made his name during their last spell in the Premier League over a decade ago.

On Wednesday the Eagles announced they have swooped to tie up ‘AJ’ to a short-term deal, as the veteran forward was a free agent after being released by Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season.

Johnson, 33, has spent time at Palace, QPR, Birmingham City, Fulham and Everton during his career which has been derailed by injuries in recent seasons. Johnson scored 85 goals in 160 games for Palace during his first spell at Selhurst Park from 2002-06 and in addition to bolstering the forward options for new manager Neil Warnock, Johnson will also help to coach some of the academy teams.

“I am delighted to be coming back to a club that I love and have a real soft spot for,” Johnson told Palace’s website. “I would like to thank the gaffer and the chairman for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to helping this football club have continued success in the Premier League. I have also been given an opportunity to help the youngsters in a coaching capacity, something I am really looking forward to getting involved in.”

Johnson made eight appearances for England from 2005-07  and was put on standby for the Three Lions squad at the 2006 World Cup but was not called up Sven Goran Eriksson. In the past two seasons at QPR he has managed just two goals in 24 appearances after struggling to recover from a cruciate knee ligament injury.

After soaring with the Eagles in the past, Johnson will be hoping to add experience and depth to Palace’s squad this time around.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.