Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that Yannick Bolasie, Scott Dann, Joel Ward and Joe Ledley will miss the trip to Manchester United on Wednesday night (20 April) due to various injuries, but the quartet should be back in time for the FA Cup semi-final against Watford four days later. The boss, meanwhile, has revealed that long-term injury concern James McArthur could play a part in the visit to Wembley as he is ready to return to action at Old Trafford following more than two months on the sidelines.
Bolasie, Dann, Ward and Ledley completed the full 90 minutes during the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the weekend, with Bolasie scoring a crucial late equaliser to leave his side nine points clears of relegation as the season draws to a close.
Pardew is ready to take advantage of his side's safety to rotate his squad against United, leaving his players fresh ahead of the FA Cup semi-finals. He has confirmed that Bolasie, Dann, Ward and Ledley will miss the game as a precaution, but should be in contention to return at Wembley.
"We've just got one or two problems: Yala's got an issue, Wardy will definitely miss the game, Scott Dann is struggling with the injury he picked up at Arsenal and Joe Ledley has got a knock," the Palace boss revealed in a pre-match press conference.
"So we've got a few problems. They should all be OK for Sunday, but they're not going to make Man United."
The news is more positive regarding McArthur, as the midfielder will be back at Old Trafford to have a chance to prove his fitness before the FA Cup clash. His return will be a massive boost for Pardew ahead of the last part of the season, as the Scotsman was a regular in his starting-line-up until he picked up an ankle problem earlier in February.
"Like all teams, you need your best players and we've got our best players back [from injury]. And today I've got even more good news because McArthur is going to return for this Man United game," he said during his pre-match press conference.
"He's been a real miss for us; his energy, his experience and his quality, so really good news for us for these remaining four games."
Asked whether McArthur could even play a part against Watford on Sunday, he added: "If he can come through tomorrow [unscathed], which I think he can, we'll see."