Shakespeare hopes Morgan will be fit for Atletico clash

Shakespeare hopes Morgan will be fit for Atletico clash

Shakespeare faces a selection dilemma for the quarter-final second leg at the King Power Stadium after Leicester defender Morgan was ruled out of his side's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

"It's a big ask for him because it's a hard injury to get over, in terms of the power and spring for a centreback".

Sam Allardyce has been imploring his players to "respect the point" since taking the reins at Crystal Palace back in December, and yesterday's 2-2 draw was evidence his players are taking note. "A 14-year-old shouldn't be bought from Crystal Palace by Manchester City or Chelsea, because they're just overloading, right?" This game will mean a lot to the Eagles since a victory will all but secure their spot in the Premier League next season so I am expecting them to put out an unbelievable performance.

"But because of Brexit, in theory that will change, and actually we will be able to have a rule that says five or six of the eight have got to be English and the rest are (from the) home countries".

"We need to be competitive against Crystal Palace as we still need points".

A chance of a fourth consecutive home victory may have been passed up against Leicester City, but the point salvaged by the home side from two goals down has edged the locals closer to safety as those below continue to stumble.




Commenting on the centre-back's contract with Palace, Allardyce told the Liverpool Echo: "There isn't a clause because his deal was done in the Bournemouth corridor by me after we had won 2-0, and Steve (Parish) finishing the negotiation over the phone to try and secure Mama".

After going 2-0 down early into the second half, Yohan Cabaye pulled one back before Benteke latched onto a cross to draw the game level and earn Palace a vital point.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare, meanwhile, struggled to hide his disappointment after his side failed to hold on to their lead. Palace v Leicester is included in this weekend's Super 6 line-up, with £250,000 up for grabs again following jackpot wins in the last two rounds.

He said: "The point feels like a win".

"We could have seen it out if we'd stayed in the lead a bit longer, but they asked a lot of questions of us with their aerial threat. In this game I think we deserved more and even though as the game went on we pushed, we couldn't get the third goal", he told the club's official website.

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