Crystal Palace are hopeful that Patrick Vieira will be in the dugout when they face Manchester United this weekend.
It comes after the Arsenal legend was called away from training on Friday following an urgent family matter.
Ralf Rangnick has arrived as United's interim manager with Palace the first side in his sights as he looks to revitalise the wounded giant.
And an enticing battle of wits between the German and Vieira was on the cards after a fine start to the season for the Eagles.
But that is now in turmoil, though Palace still believe the Frenchman will be at Old Trafford for Sunday's clash.
Osian Roberts, the club's assistant manager, had to take training after Vieira departed and admitted they are looking forward to his return.
He said: "Patrick was in as normal for training.
"Unfortunately, he received a phone call and had to leave immediately to attend to an urgent family matter.
"Obviously my thoughts are first of all with Patrick and the family. The staff have rallied round to make sure the training has been seamless.
"The players have been professional in the way they’ve applied themselves so we had a good session and all the plans are in place.
“It makes a big difference when Patrick is not here. He’s our leader, the manager, and you always want him at the helm leading matters.
“But we have a responsibility in this unfortunate circumstance that we do everything correctly to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible until he is back with us.”
With Joel Ward suspended, there could be a first appearance of the season for former Liverpool star Nathaniel Clyne.
The ex-England international has yet to play a game under Vieira, as well as Martin Kelly who will also be pushing for a spot.
Meanwhile, United have approached New York Red Bulls in an attempt to find Rangnick the ideal assistant ahead of the rest of the Premier League campaign.
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