Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher is having a brilliant season at Crystal Palace and his side are due to play the Blues next Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final.
A Premier League rule for loanees is that they cannot play against their parent club unless mentioned otherwise in their contract
The same is valid for Gallagher at Crystal Palace. The club did, however, appeal to Chelsea to allow him to play against his parent club next week in the FA Cup game. This request was obviously rejected by Chelsea.
Palace boss, Patrick Viera was not happy with that decision:
“It’s not the best rule because the only one who will lose is Conor.
“There’s a semi-final, it’s a really exciting game about how you will manage yourself and prepare yourself to play that game, then there’s playing that kind of game and the importance of it.”
“It’s an experience he is missing, I’m disappointed for him. He has played all the games so far and if there’s somebody who deserves to be in the semi-final it’s him because of his performances so I’m disappointed he won’t be able to play.
“The decision for #Chelsea to send him [Conor Gallagher] on loan is to play these kind of games. We have as a group an opportunity to play an important game and that game would have given him more confidence and belief.
“We could lose but for him to have been on the field is what he needs to keep developing himself. Since he has been with us he has been fantastic.
“For him not to have a chance to get involved in that game, it is something frustrating for his development. I feel for him because he wanted to play in that game — every player would want to play in that game.