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Published: 15:48 | 19/4/16

Pardew rules out weakened team


Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has no plans to field a weakened team for Wednesday's Premier League clash with Manchester United.

The Eagles all but secured their Premier League status with Sunday's draw at Arsenal and travel to Old Trafford just four days before meeting Watford in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

With an FA Cup final place up for grabs, it has been suggested that Pardew would rest some of his key players for the game with Manchester United, but the manager has made it clear he will not pick an under-strength team for the match.

"I don't think anyone will look at our side and worry about us putting an under-strength team out when they see the team sheet," Pardew told his pre-match press conference.

"One or two changes I will definitely do just to increase the energy. We are effectively playing four games in 12 days of Premier League standard.

"With the FA Cup semi-final we have Watford, we had Norwich, Everton and Arsenal so it has been a really tough run for us so I will freshen it up. We need to be strong and keep focused. I am not going to change my team completely. I don't believe in that."

Yannick Bolasie, Joel Ward, Joe Ledley and Scott Dann will all miss Wednesday's game but Pardew is hopeful they will be available for the trip to Wembley.

"We have got one or two problems. Yala has got an issue, Wardie will definitely miss the game. Scott Dann is struggling with the injury he picked up at Arsenal. Joe Ledley has got a knock," Pardew explained.

"We have got a few problems. They should all be okay for Sunday but they are not going to make (Wednesday), those guys."

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