Crystal Palace and Wales midfielder Joe Ledley will miss the FA Cup final against Manchester United, as well as Wales' European Championship campaign this summer, after suffering a broken leg. The 29-year-old went off during the Premier League win over Stoke City and it transpires that he will miss the rest of the season with the cruel blow.
Ledley replaced Yohan Cabaye at half time in the 2-1 win at Selhurst Park, but lasted just 11 minutes before being taken off. He will miss the Eagles' final league game of the season against Southampton at St Mary's, but crucially will be absent for the club's FA Cup final appearance at Wembley Stadium on 21 May.
The news is also a blow to Wales manager Chris Coleman, who will be without one of his most experienced campaigners for the country's first foray into a major international tournament since 1956. Wales take on Slovakia, England and Russia in their three group matches at Euro 2016.
"The club can confirm that midfielder Joe Ledley sustained a leg injury in the game against Stoke City on Saturday, which saw him suffer a fracture of the fibula," a Palace statement read. "He will be continually assessed over the next few weeks by the club's medical staff."
Alan Pardew had been initially confident that both Cabaye and Ledley would be available for the clash against United – a repeat of the 1990 showcase that the Palace boss featured in 26 years previously. However, it now appears he will be without at least one of the influential midfield duo.
"I think Yohan is [okay]," he told a post-match press conference, according to Sky Sports. "He kept getting bashed today as usual and he took a bash too far. Joe is a little bit more of a worry so he's probably sweating for the final but he's a strong boy. My experience of a cup final is three days before the final [against United] everybody is fit, and I expect Joe to be fit."
While the update is a blow to Palace's attempts to win the first major trophy in their history, United will be boosted by the news. Defeat to West Ham United all but extinguished hopes of the club qualifying for the Champions League, leaving the FA Cup as the only remaining crumb of comfort for under pressure manager Louis van Gaal.