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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Palace face minor injury-crisis ahead of final clash with Reds

Alan Pardew Photo: PA
Alan Pardew Photo: PA

Crystal Palace are overseeing a minor injury crisis in the build-up to Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United, but manager Alan Pardew is confident his team will be close to fully fit come kick-off.

The Eagles manager selected a weakened XI for Sunday's 4-1 Premier League defeat at Southampton, choosing to rest Wilfried Zaha, Wayne Hennessey and Scott Dann, and to not risk Yohan Cabaye, Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham, effectively the core of his team.

Joe Ledley will definitely miss out because of a fractured fibula that could yet end his hopes of appearing for Wales at Euro 2016 but the potential absences of Wickham and Cabaye have left Pardew concerned.

"We had so many missing and we rested Scotty Dann, but Connor was missing for a knock, we're a little bit worried about him, Cabaye had a knock and we were worried about him," said Pardew. "I'm hoping they'll all clear themselves up. They usually do, cup final week, I find."

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