Yannick Bolasie will be involved in our game against Chelsea this Saturday, having asked manager Alan Pardew to include him in the squad.
The DR Congo international had flown home to be with his family following the death of his father late last week, but, having grieved with those closest to him, it sounds as if the winger would like to do his dad’s memory justice by involving himself in the group that takes on Jose Mourinho’s Blues.
Speaking about Yannick’s decision when pressed on it yesterday, Palace boss Pardew said:
“He has lost his father and of course that affects any human being and any family, and he’s dealing with his family. “He’ll be involved on Saturday because he wants to be involved. Because his father went to every game. I think that’s good for us, it’ll be good for him and his family.
The player’s welfare is in good shape, he’s in a good frame of mind. We’re very pleased that he’s dealing with it so well.”
Clearly keen not to push Yannick in a direction he would be uncomfortable with, the Palace gaffer has agreed to involve him in the traveling party as a direct consequence of the player’s own request. Having said shortly after the news broke, that Bolasie could take as long as he needed to cope with his loss, you got the impression that Pardew meant every word, which in such delicate circumstances, was great to hear.
After missing last weeeknd’s victory over Aston Villa, you wouldn’t be surprised to see Yala hit the ground running at kick-off on Saturday. Should he score the winning goal there won’t be a dry eye in the house.
The original source of these quotes should you wish to read them, is here.