Ward has missed the last two Gameweeks due to his knee injury.
Kelly has averaged 4.2 points per match this season, more than any team-mate.
The 29-year-old has provided a consistent source of returns, with attacking or defensive points in six of his eight starts.
His return to the first XI arrives as Roy Hodgson's men are set to embark on a favourable schedule.
|16||WAT (A)||2||19||WHU (H)||2|
|17||BHA (H)||2||20||SOU (A)||2|
|18||NEW (A)||3||21||NOR (A)||2|
According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), five of their next six matches score only two.
Notably, all of those opponents sit in the bottom half of the table.
And Palace have been reliable at the back in such matches.
Indeed, all five of their clean sheets in 2019/20 have come against sides who were in the bottom half of the table.
That hands Kelly the platform to provide major value for FPL managers over the festive period.