Manager Patrick Vieira is hopeful Crystal Palace will be ready to engage in Sunday’s fixture at Tottenham, but disclosed they have experienced “a few of instances” of coronavirus at the club.
The Eagles have not performed for 10 days just after last weekend’s match at Watford was postponed due to the opposition dealing with a Covid-19 outbreak in their squad.
Most Premier League golf equipment have professional Covid troubles in modern months but Palace had managed to stay away from this sort of a circumstance up to now though the 45-12 months-previous was non-committal on who at Selhurst Park has contracted the virus.
He reported: “We hope we are going to be all right but when you are searching at the selection of situations about (the country), we start out to be fearful.
“We had a couple of situations in our football club in the last pair of days. We check out our best to stop and stay away from a scenario but it is stressing since we don’t know how the upcoming couple of days will go.”
Palace had been currently without having James McArthur (hamstring) and Nathan Ferguson, who is functioning his way again from a very long-phrase damage, for the excursion to Spurs.
Any Covid-19 situations in the squad would additional hit Vieira’s preparation for a period of time exactly where the Eagles get on Tottenham on Sunday in advance of they host Norwich two times afterwards when West Ham are established to stop by on New Year’s Day.
The former Arsenal captain liked the busy spell over Xmas but understands the pandemic only exacerbates the problem.
“It is a busy period but it is the festive time period and this is component of the state,” Vieira included.
“I utilised to love enjoying throughout this interval and we understood it would be a problem, so we experienced to put together ourselves the very best way.
“Obviously with the Covid problem, it tends to make matters far more challenging and additional demanding.”
Administrators from the 20 top-flight clubs held a virtual meeting with the Leading League on Thursday with the congested fixture record and the requires on players some of the matters set to be on the agenda.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte described the on-line chat as a waste of time and his opposition number agreed.
Vieira admitted: “When you have a conference like that with 20 administrators, it is generally hard to set your suggestions or what you really imagine across.
“When the meeting completed, you attempt to comprehend what was the result of the conference and what was the assembly for? I nonetheless didn’t comprehend what was the summary from that meeting.”
Even however there is no recommendation Palace have questioned for the Boxing Day clash at Spurs to be off, Vieira feels there is confusion in excess of the demands necessary for a activity to be postponed.
He said: “It is just about trying to definitely recognize the advice or the procedures about why we perform or why we never perform, or why this team plays and not this group?
“We require to comprehend much more why those game titles have been cancelled.
“Indeed, we fully grasp the Covid condition and some clubs have been strike by the Covid circumstance, in addition injuries, but I think each and every condition in each and every club is distinctive.
“I feel there is not a crystal clear assistance or policies about why people video games have been cancelled and we may will need more facts about what is heading on.”