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Wilfried Zaha is a doubt for the FA Cup final, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has said.
Zaha was found to have a muscular injury following the FA Cup semi-final win over Watford and he will definitely sit out this weekend’s Premier League game against Stoke.
While there is a chance he could be available for the final game of the season against Southampton, Pardew admits he may not risk him in case he aggravates the problem ahead of the May 21 decider against Manchester United.
"Wilf still has a problem that will still keep him out for this weekend. Hopefully he'll be okay for the final. Wilf's a naturally fit guy," Pardew told reporters.
"He actually did the injury before the semi-final. We scanned him on the Monday afterwards and saw there's a slight tear there.
"We can't take a risk with him, it really is about risk his injury. There's no way he can play this weekend, he could possibly play at Southampton.
"He'll be vulnerable if he plays at Southampton and he'll be vulnerable if he plays in the final.
"The problem's high up in his attachment to his hamstring, so it's not his hamstring but it's high up on the tendon there."
Meanwhile, Pardew has revealed midfielder Lee Chung-yong will be fined for accusing Pardew of being "too hot tempered in matches" in a recent interview.
"I have dealt with it because he's incorrect on a couple of points there about team selection and stuff like that," said Pardew.
"He's made an error. He said it got lost in translation, that can happen and I've had it before.
"But some of it isn't lost in translation, though, and he'll get a fine for that. You can't criticise things that didn't happen. One of the key points in there didn't occur.
"So that's an internal process the other players will have to learn from.
"Criticise the manager, other players or staff at this football club: do it in house, knock on the door, come and see me, we'll sort it out no problem.
"It was a mistake on his part and he'll be punished for that in terms of a fine."