Report: Crystal Palace receive big fitness boost ahead of FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea

Crystal Palace have reportedly received a big fitness boost ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea this weekend.

It’s an all-London affair this Sunday at Wembley Stadium when Chelsea play Palace in the second of two semi-finals. Manchester City and Liverpool will lock horns in the first semi-final a day earlier.

Palace, who are big underdogs to win this year’s FA Cup from the four remaining teams, were given an injury scare ahead of their Wembley trip.

Tyrick Mitchell, 22, was forced off injured during their Premier League defeat to Leicester City last weekend. However, there’s reportedly been a huge boost regarding the young defender.

According to The Sun, the left-back is winning his race against time to be fit against Chelsea.

The report states he’s got a positive chance of recovering from his calf problem in time to play in the FA Cup.

Mitchell’s been one of the outstanding players in Patrick Vieira’s side at Selhurst Park this season, with his form even earning him an England call-up and two caps in the recent international break.

He’s an all-action full-back whose energy, pace and aggression has been vital this year.

It’s worth pointing out Palace won’t have their talisman Conor Gallagher, who’s a Chelsea loanee that’s not been granted permission to play against his parent club. Incidentally, Frank Lebouef has previously tipped Gallagher to play alongside N’Golo Kante in the midfield at Stamford Bridge next season.

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Chelsea set the bar this week

There aren’t many teams around that will stop Chelsea if they can replicate the levels they showed against Real Madrid two nights ago.

Thomas Tuchel’s Blues were ultimately eliminated from the Champions League on aggregate, but they beat Madrid in their own backyard on the night in eye-catching fashion.

For certain, a Palace side sat 10th in the Premier League can’t be underestimated.

Chelsea know they’ll be strong favourites to progress if they play at the level they’re capable of, though.

It’s an exciting game to look forward to with plenty of young talents on show for both sides.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.