CRYSTAL PALACE have sent a depleted squad on their pre-season tour with a number of un-jabbed players denied entry into Singapore.
The Eagles face Liverpool in Singapore on Friday but Patrick Vieira will have just eight senior players to call on.
Vieira has travelled to Singapore with a depleted squad
Foreign visitors to Singapore must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 while Australia, where the south Londoners travel to face Manchester United and Leeds United, have only just dropped their entry requirements.
Palace are not naming those who do not meet the entry requirements but a number of big names are missing the landmark trip.
Addressing those absent from the travelling squad, Palace said: “Some of these players are not currently fit and therefore will not travel on tour, whilst some did not meet the entry requirements for Singapore or Australia when travel arrangements were made.”
Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze, Marc Guehi and Michael Olise are all staying in south London for a friendly with QPR and training at the club’s base, as are Cheikhou Kouyate, Will Hughes and Christian Benteke.
New arrivals Cheick Doucoure, who has completed a £21million move from French club Lens, and Sam Johnstone have also remained in the capital.
Those travelling, who include Joel Ward, Luka Milivojevic and Odsonne Edouard, were met by local Palace fans at the airport in Singapore.
London rivals Chelsea recently confirmed that midfield duo N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek had been left out of their pre-season tour to the United States due to their Covid vaccination status.
Meanwhile, Palace are not expected to entertain any interest from Roma in star man Zaha this summer.
Representatives for the Palace winger, 29, have been in touch with the Italian club but sources close to the player insist he is happy in south London.
Zaha has a year left on his current deal at Selhurst Park.
Talks are yet to be held over a fresh contract but that could change in the coming weeks.