By Danny Wright
Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Yohan Cabaye is likely to be sidelined for their match against Arsenal on Monday.
Cabaye has been a key figure in Palace’s resurgence under Allardyce and his absence could prove a major boost to Arsenal’s chances of picking up back-to-back wins for the first time since January.
SA: PvA, Dann, Tomkins, Souare, Cabaye (calf strain), McArthur, Wickham, Remy, Campbell all injured. We're thin on the ground now. pic.twitter.com/Nx47UOhJMw
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) April 6, 2017
The 31-year-old playmaker was substituted at half time in Palace’s 3-1 loss to Southampton on Wednesday and he joins a long list of players that are expected to be unavailable for Monday’s clash at Selhurst Park.
Patrick van Aanholt, Scott Dann, James Tomkins, Connor Wickham and Loic Remy are some of the key players who could all miss the tie.
Palace confirmed on their official Twitter account that James McArthur might be back in the team after suffering with back spasms.
Joe Ledley is expected to return after missing the Southampton loss due to the birth of his child.
Arsenal eased to a 3-0 win against struggling West Ham on Wednesday – their first league win since they beat Hull in mid-February.
The Gunners moved up to fifth in the Premier League table after Manchester United struggled to home draws with both West Brom and Everton in the last week.
Arsene Wenger’s side are four points behind Manchester City, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot after their 2-1 loss to Chelsea.
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