Crystal Palace new boy Pape Souare cleared for Eagles debut after finally receiving work permit

But the 24-year-old’s new manager, Alan Pardew, might miss his debut after staying away from the club’s press conference on Friday due to illness.


Pape Souare has been cleared to make his Crystal Palace debut after finally receiving his work permit.

Left-back Souare, 24, joined the Eagles on deadline day for £3.45m from French side Lille.

He has had to sit out Palace’s last two games while he waited for clearance to play but Palace assistant Keith Millen said:

“It’s all done. He’s available. He’s trained this week and looks okay. He’s certainly in the squad.”

Millen stood in for unwell boss Alan Pardew this afternoon to preview Palace’s fifth round FA Cup tie against Liverpool.

Millen said: “He has lost his voice. He took training this morning and struggled with his preparations for the game today, so he shot off as soon as we finished.

“He’s not feeling the best. Hopefully he’ll be okay for the game.”

Alan Pardew

Ill: Pardew is ill and could miss Saturday’s FA Cup match with Liverpool

Tomorrow’s Selhurst Park clash brings back memories of Pardew’s extra-time winner against Liverpool that sent Palace into the 1990 FA Cup final.

Millen said: “I’m sure it does for Alan, without a doubt, and the fans. They will remember that.

“Alan was quite limited in terms of what he was talking about. He will remind everyone about it tomorrow.

“I was watching the game in 1990. I remember the game. I was cheering Palace on.

“I’ll be doing the same tomorrow. We are getting closer now (to Wembley). It’s a big incentive for us.”