What a con!
Chelsea have refused to allow on-loan Conor Gallagher to play in the FA Cup semi-final, writes JON BOON.
The England star, 22, has been instrumental for the Eagles as they roared to Wembley.
But they were knocked back by the Blues when they requested permission to be able to pick Gallagher for next week’s clash.
It is believed that although the loan deal forbids Gallagher from playing against his parent club, changes could have been made ahead of the tie.
The midfielder was not believed to be involved in the talks and hasn’t appealed to Chelsea to play.
In the past, the West Londoners have allowed on-loan stars to play against them.
When Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori played for Derby County under Frank Lampard, they were given special dispensation for a fourth round Carabao Cup tie.
However, with the stakes much higher this time round Gallagher will miss the match.
It’s a huge blow for Palace and manager Patrick Vieira, who has managed to get the best out of the youngster.