Crystal Palace assistant manager Osian Roberts has spoken to the media to discuss the absence of Conor Gallagher from the Eagles’ starting XI today against Norwich.
The 21-year-old midfielder has started each of Palace’s last 17 Premier League games but will sit out of today’s clash against Dean Smith’s Canaries.
He joins Wilfried Zaha and Eagles manager Patrick Vieira on the sidelines, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Christmas Day and couldn’t attend Palace’s game away at Spurs on Boxing Day as a result.
Gallagher’s role in midfield today has been taken over by Jeffrey Schlupp, with Palace making a total of four changes to their starting XI due to a mixture of injury and illness.
“Of course, the close proximity of games means with the combination of Covid and injuries and suspensions we had to rotate,” Roberts told Amazon Prime Video. “Obviously, we’ve got some freshness in the group and it’s important to utilise that.”
When asked specifically about Gallagher’s absence, Roberts said: “There’s always testing going on so we’re always awaiting results and in this particular case, it’s making sure we try and keep the group as fresh as possible.”
Palace are also without Zaha for today’s match, with the Ivorian serving a one-game suspension after getting sent off against Spurs on Boxing Day.
“We know what Conor and Wilf give the team and of course, we’ll miss that,” added Roberts.
“In a different way, we have different players coming in with different skill sets that can offer the team different things. We’re in a good frame of mind.”
Norwich have also been forced into making changes for today’s game, with six players dropping out from their starting XI that lost 5-0 at Arsenal last time out.
Source by Football London