‘It’s such a shame’ – Frank Lampard’s assistant slams Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher decision

Former Chelsea assistant coach Jody Morris, has revealed his disappointment at Chelsea’s decision to deny Conor Gallagher the opportunity to play in the FA Cup semi-final.

Chelsea and Crystal Palace will face each other in the semi-final of the FA Cup, but Chelsea don’t want Gallagher to feature in this game.

Palace boss Patrick Vieira was unhappy that their request for Gallagher to play against his parent was rejected, and Morris is also gutted with the decision.

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He told Ladbrokes: “I’m gutted Gallagher will miss out this weekend… it’s a real shame he won’t be able to play.

“I can’t see Crystal Palace beating Chelsea this weekend, to be honest – especially when Conor isn’t allowed to play, which is such a shame, by the way.

“I think Patrick Vieira said in the week that this was exactly the reason why players like Conor go on these loans; to get away and experience these types of games.

“And when you’ve been so pivotal in a team’s success in the way that Conor has been for Palace, you can’t help but think it’s a real shame he won’t play a part on Sunday.”

He added: “We were lucky when me and Frank were at Derby because we played against Chelsea [in the League Cup in 2018] and they allowed us to play Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori because they felt it was great for their development; I mean, we won’t talk about Tomori’s own goal in that game, but anyway!

“It’s such a shame Conor won’t be able to play for Palace, and I’m absolutely gutted for him as a lad, because he deserves to be playing on the big stage. But that only strengthens Chelsea’s chances of making the final; you can’t look past them at Wembley.”

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