Crystal Palace are likely to be without Yohan Cabaye for the visit of Manchester United, according to manager Alan Pardew. The 29-year-old was one of five players sidelined as Palace crashed out of the Capital One Cup following a heavy defeat to Manchester City on 28 October and Pardew is still contending with a number of injury problems ahead of the clash at Selhurst Park.
"Cabaye is a doubt," Pardew told a press conference on 30 October, relayed through Palace's official Twitter account. "[Connor] Wickham is a definite no. [Pape] Soare is a doubt. Wardy [Joel Ward] is a doubt. [Maroaune] Chamakh won't be involved. [Jason] Puncheon is OK. "
When quizzed on Cabaye and Soare specifically, Pardew added: "It is less likely that they will play than more likely."
Ward, meanwhile, came off the bench late on against Manchester City on 28 October but is still looking for full match fitness after recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him for eight weeks.
United will come into their fixture off the back of their own Capital One Cup elimination after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Championship side Middlesbrough. The following day, club legend Paul Scholes attacked manager Louis van Gaal for the lack of creativity in his style of play, insisting the current United team is not one he would have enjoyed playing in.
United's possession game has been a penchant of Van Gaal's since taking over in 2014 and Pardew believes it may have an effect on the boisterous Selhurst Park crowd. "It's going to be important for our fans – particularly the Holmesdale End – to stay with us. United's long spells of possession could threaten to drive the atmosphere into a lull, but we need to keep the fans singing along," he said.
"United aren't getting as many shots off as they normally do, but defensively they are always in good shape. They have not scored in two games and they will be looking to put that right against us."