Yannick Bolasie will play against Chelsea following the death of his father

first_img Bolasie’s father followed Palace home and away and it will be the first time he has played without his father’s watching eye. “He has lost his father and of course that affects any human being and any family, and he’s dealing with his family,” Pardew said. “He’ll be involved on Saturday because he wants to be involved. Because his father went to every game. I think that’s good for us, it’ll be good for him and his family. “The player’s welfare is in good shape, he’s in a good frame of mind. We’re very pleased that he’s dealing with it so well.” While Pardew welcomed Bolasie’s return, the Palace boss revealed that Mile Jedinak will miss the final fixture before the two-week international break – and Australia’s 2018 World Cup qualifying games with Bangladesh and Tajikistan. The club captain, 31, limped out of the Capital One Cup win over Shrewsbury in midweek early in the second half because of a hamstring injury. Palace are awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the damage. Pardew said: “Mile has a little hamstring problem and definitely won’t be involved at Chelsea. Press Association Yannick Bolasie has told manager Alan Pardew he is ready to return to the Crystal Palace team following the death of his father. “It looks like he will be out for two-to-three weeks, to me. And he will probably miss the international window, too.” However, goalkeeper Julian Speroni has returned to full fitness after a hand problem but it looks like Alex McCarthy will retain the gloves against Chelsea. “Alex has done really well, I think. And the group of three goalkeepers are competing and that’s keeping Alex exactly where I want him,” said Pardew. “It’s that level of competition that we have in a lot of positions now so they come into the same category as my outfield players. Real competition to get into the side and of course that bodes well for the team.” Bolasie missed last weekend’s home victory against Aston Villa on compassionate grounds, travelling back to his home in DR Congo to be with his family. The 26-year-old winger has returned to London and, according to Pardew, is in a “good frame of mind” and keen to play against Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday despite his difficult week. last_img read more

Rockets free agency rumors: Houston targeting center Tyson Chandler

first_img“I can promise you, we’re going to win some championships with James Harden, because we are not going to sit here,” Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta told reporters in May. “We will go to battle every year. We’re going to have a strong offseason, and we’re going to do whatever we can to be a better team. We are not going to sit on our hands, I can promise you that.”The Rockets have also re-signed Gerald Green, Danuel House and Austin Rivers. Rockets rumors: Houston ‘better off’ without Jimmy Butler, executives believe NBA trade rumors: Grizzlies explore Andre Iguodala market; Rockets, Mavs interested Source: Tyson Chandler is likely target for Rockets in their search for backup big. Chandler, who turns 37 in October, was effective defender and rebounder as reserve for Lakers last year. He has a rep as a great locker room guy and strong relationship with CP3 from N.O. days.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 7, 2019The 36-year-old began last season with the Suns before he joined the Lakers after receiving a buyout in November. He averaged 3.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 55 total games in 2018-19.Chandler continues to be a valuable defender and can protect the rim. He won a championship with the Mavericks in 2010-11. Related News The Rockets’ top target this summer was reportedly Jimmy Butler. But, they missed out on the wing as the Heat landed him in a sign-and-trade with the 76ers. Houston was also reportedly hoping to add JaVale McGee, however, he re-signed with the Lakers last weekend.Houston will explore acquiring Andre Iguodala from the Grizzlies, as well, according to multiple reports.The Rockets, led by star James Harden, finished 2018-19 with a 53-29 record but fell to the Warriors in six games in the Western Conference semifinals. Golden State has eliminated Houston from the playoffs in two straight years. Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Rockets in pursuit despite deal being a ‘long shot’ The Rockets are looking to add a backup center.Houston is targeting veteran Tyson Chandler, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified league source.last_img read more