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Crystal Palace star could miss FA Cup tie with Dover Athletic

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YANNICK Bolasie could miss out on facing Dover Athletic in the FA Cup as he prepares for the African Cup of Nations tournament but also due to the birth of his second child.

The winger, who played in non-league football in his younger years, recently proposed to his girlfriend, and the couple were initially expecting a Christmas Eve delivery.

However, Bolasie admitted it's now looking like the baby is coming at the start of 2015, and with the FA Cup clash on the Kent coast coinciding with the day he's set to meet up with his Democratic Republic of Congo team, the 25-year-old has a busy schedule ahead.

But the former Plymouth Argyle and Bristol City man will not be leaving the country until the baby has arrived.

"I believe I could be leaving on January 4, but I've got a little one coming, and she hasn't come yet so it might be a while," said Bolasie.

"I will wait for the baby to be born, 100 per cent. I'm not going to go to Africa and try to fly back.

"The due date is meant to be December 24, but it doesn't like the baby is coming for then.

"The tournament starts on January 18 and I think we're supposed to report for duty on January 4 or 5.

"If the baby isn't there though, I'm not going to be thinking about going any time soon."

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Crystal Palace star could miss FA Cup tie with Dover Athletic


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