Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur admits he is happy to have the weekend off

Palace are out of the FA Cup so will not play this weekend.

Crystal Palace look to have pulled themselves clear of the relegation dogfight in the Premier League recently, with an exceptional run of form since Alan Pardew took over from Neil Warnock as Eagles manager.

Plenty of players have played their part in that successful run of recent form, one such player being midfielder James McArthur.

He has been a regular in the heart of midfield, although has had the odd niggling injury problem to contend with. Palace are one of many teams who have a weekend off upcoming, after being dumped out of the FA Cup.

The Scottish international is not one of those players craving a game. He told the Croydon Advertiser that he is happy to be getting the weekend off, saying he feels he is at his best condition at this moment in time:

"For myself, I am personally quite happy with missing a game this weekend as it gives me a chance to try and get my sharpness back.

"Truthfully, I have not felt as good as I have been before I got injured, so it's a welcome rest."

McArthur arrived from Wigan Athletic in the summer, for a fee reported by London 24 to be in the region of £7 million and he has gone on to become a regular member in the Wigan first-team.

But even he, with the bags of energy he possesses and an insatiable passion for playing the game, is looking forward to his week off.

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