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Ledley Ruled Out Of FA Cup Final

13 May 2016

Alan Pardew has admitted that Joe Ledley will miss the FA Cup final next week after he suffered a fractured fibula against Stoke City last weekend.

The Welsh midfielder limped off against the Potters with the issue and having been ruled out of the clash at Wembley against Manchester United, he now faces a race against time to make it to Euro 2016 with his international teammates.

However Pardew admits that Palace are doing everything they can to try and help his rehabilitation as he aims to still play a part in France.

In his weekly press conference, the Eagles boss said: “The team news is marred somewhat by the injury to Joe Ledley which we’re all so desperate about. He’s going to miss Sunday’s game and the final, and now he’s got to battle to be fit for the Euros so that’s been a blow to us.

“I think he’s 50/50 [to make Euro 2016]; it’s as tight as that. I’m sure Chris Coleman will be desperate to have him, so we’re doing everything we can to help him. We have oxygen chambers and all sorts to try and help his recovery from that injury.

“He was very disappointed when he heard the news but he’s a strong character and now he’s just determined to make the Euros, so he’s got a good mindset again.”

Pardew also gave an update on the rest of his squad, with Wilfried Zaha set to miss Sunday’s trip to St Mary’s to play Southampton in Palace’s final league game of the campaign.

“Wilf is not going to make Sunday’s fixture but whether he makes the cup final we’ll have to wait and see, but he’s better than he was,” Pardew admitted.

“Everyone else looks OK – there’s probably one or two others that we need to protect in this fixture but we’re hoping we get a good run to the cup final.”

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