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Crystal Palace assistant boss Roberts: We expect Vieira ready for Man Utd

Crystal Palace assistant boss Osian Roberts admits manager Patrick Vieira had to leave training today.

Palace go to Manchester United on Sunday.

Roberts was asked abou Vieira's absence: "Patrick was in as normal this morning for training. Unfortunately, he received a phone call and had to leave immediately to attend to an urgent family matter."

On whether Vieira will be back for the game against Manchester United, he added: "I hope so. We obviously just finished training, just come off the pitch so I haven't spoken to him since training but I would expect normal service would resume tomorrow.

"It makes a big difference when Patrick is not here. He's our leader, the manager, and you always want him at the helm leading matters.

"We have a responsibility in this unfortunate circumstance we do everything correctly.

"I'm here just trying to make sure collectively as staff – we have great staff here - that we've rallied round to make sure the transition has been seamless.

"The players as usual have been professional in the way they've applied themselves and we had a good session this morning."


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