Crystal Palace travel to Milwall tomorrow for their FA Cup third roundc lash, and they look set to be bolstered by the impending return of one crucial player for the south London derby.
Eagles manager Patrick Vieira held his pre-match press conference this morning and confirmed that Conor Gallagher had returned to training after being missing from the team over the last few weeks.
The 45-year-old spoke briefly about the youngster’s return on Friday, saying: “Some of the players are back in training, Conor is one of them.”
The 21-year-old was absent from the last two Premier League games against Norwich and West Ham, but he has given the Eagles a huge boost by being available for the cup clash tomorrow afternoon.
The Chelsea loanee has been a standout performer for Palace this season after joining on a season-long loan deal in the summer, with the midfielder scoring six goals and recording three assists in just 18 games so far, helping the Eagles to 11th place in the Premier League currently.
According to SofaScore, the 21-year-old is by far Palace’s best-performing player this season with an average rating of 7.42. In addition to his goals, he has also chipped in with plenty of work off the ball, winning 51% of his ground duels.
Vieira will be buzzing to bring back the £17k-p/w star for the FA Cup tie this weekend, especially after they missed him in last week’s defeat to another London rival in West Ham. Gallagher’s return to action appears to have come at the perfect time for Eagles fans ahead of Saturday’s trip to The Den.