By David Woods

5th Nov, 2020 | 11:05am

Palace handed major blow ahead of clash v Leeds, key player ruled out for Sat clash

Roy Hodgson has said it’s a “gross injustice” that Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic will miss the game against Leeds United on Saturday after an appeal against his red card was dismissed.

Milivojevic was given a straight red in the game against Wolves last week for a challenge on João Moutinho.

Talking after the game Hodgson said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, “My view is it’s not a sending off and I’ve told Martin Atkinson that.

“He thinks there was a reason to give a red card but I’ve seen it as well and I certainly don’t agree with that. It was a fair challenge and there was no intent to contact Joao Moutinho at all.

“To get three games for that would be a gross injustice.”

The suspension was confirmed after Crystal Palace failed in their appeal over the decision and it means that Milivojevic will be missing for Saturday’s game.

Milivojevic. amiss, Zaha the threat

Defensive midfielder Milivojevic is a key player for Palace and they’ll be a weaker side without him.

He had lost his place in the side earlier in the season but started the last two games as captain.

However, Leeds are missing their own enforcer, with Kalvin Phillips also out of the game on Saturday.

Pascal Struijk is expected to take his place.

Milivojevic turned heads at Palace when he scored 12 goals in the 18/19 season, the majority from the penalty spot.

Wilfried Zaha has taken the spot-kicks in Milivojevic’s absence and will be the penalty taker on Saturday.

And, where Jamie Vardy was the big threat for Leicester in Monday’s game, Zaha will be the man that Leeds need to stop on Saturday.

Palace will sit back, soak up the pressure that will come from Leeds and then look to counter, just like Vardy did so devastatingly at Elland Road.

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