Date: 11th August 2017 at 7:27pm
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Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has been previewing our Premier League opener against newly promoted Huddersfield Town later today.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC as he met with the media for his pre game press conference, de Boer gave an injury update and players were close to a return, albeit not quite there yet.

With the news of Pape Souare’s return, de Boer explained.

‘He will be looking to play in under 23 action in a couple of weeks time and I have given my appreciation and well done to the medical staff and performance coaches because when he had the car accident it was being doubted whether he would play again. Having seen him in action on Wednesday I must say it looks very promising for him and he will continue to work at getting back to the same level that he was at.’

As for an overall injury update.

‘James McArthur and Yohan Cabaye are both fit and training but not ready to be in contention for the starting eleven but are both looking and good and will continue to work on their fitness by getting game time in under 23 games.’

Bakary Sako and Connor Wickham will continue to miss the start of the season.

‘The fans want to see young promising players get chances. That`s hard in the Premier League, but if you have quality you can be ready. We have some good, talented young players here and I think we are trying to do that. The first thing is for players to be fit and it helps the team to try and get points. You have to give young players the chance and as a manager, I have done that. When I think they can make a difference, I will play them.’

Talking about the game more specifically, de Boer went on to talk about how he felt the players could now adapt to different systems depending on how a game was going and he felt that would be an advantage against David Wagner’s side.

‘Everybody says 3-4-3 can be very adventurous or exciting but you can look at it and say we play with five defenders. If you have a lot of the ball it is very offensive but if you do not have the ball and are dropping back then it becomes more defensive. It can look and play out in different ways depending on how the manager of the team is setting up his team and how dominant they want to be in the match.’


‘We want to try and dominate games but we have to be realistic as to where we have come from and even though we want to be a solid club we need to acknowledge there are a lot of good teams in the Premier League and will have to call on the security of having five at the back at times.’

He was also relishing his first competitive Selhurst Park game.

‘It is always nice to play at home first and normally all teams get the most points at home because you have your fans behind you as the 12th man at your own stadium. You should feel comfortable there and if I had the choice I would have preferred to start as we are.’

He added.

‘Right now, I don`t have any nerves, but I am sure there will be some healthy tension for the kick off. The Premier League is the most popular and biggest league in the world. We experienced that on our pre-season tour when four Premier League teams took part in the Asia Trophy in Hong Kong so to be part of it all is fantastic.’

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