Crystal Palace injury boost confirmed by Roy Hodgson ahead of Tottenham clash

Crystal Palace are set to welcome again Wilfried Zaha for Sunday’s Premier League clash in opposition to Tottenham.

Eagles supervisor Roy Hodgson confirmed the huge injury boost throughout his pre-match press convention on Friday afternoon as he revealed the winger may even begin in north London.

“Yes,” Hodgson mentioned when requested whether or not Zaha could be again for the clash in opposition to Spurs. “He’s educated nicely this week, there is not any cause why I can not think about him for a spot within the staff.

“He’s missed heaps of video games for us in that interval of time, however he is nonetheless come again faster than the medical division thought is perhaps potential as a result of of his unbelievable powers of restoration.

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“We’re actually happy to have him again, in addition to Jeff Schlupp.

“It’s good to see him again as nicely, in order that’s two of the vital gamers we have been lacking within the final 5 – 6 video games again with us once more.”

Zaha has missed the final 5 Palace video games with a hamstring injury suffered within the 2-1 win away to Newcastle United initially of February.

And in his absence, Hodgson has seen a dip in performances from his aspect during the last month, with back-to-back defeats in opposition to Leeds United and Burnley with out scoring.

But the Ivory Coast is in competition to return and enhance a Palace assault that struggled to create a lot in current goalless draw in opposition to Fulham and Manchester United.

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With that mentioned, Jose Mourinho has already admitted he wouldn’t be stunned to see Zaha line up in opposition to his aspect on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

“He [Zaha] is an excellent participant, it doesn’t shock me that he’s match to play in opposition to us as a result of everyone seems to be match in opposition to us,” he mentioned. “The goalkeepers all the time play nicely in opposition to us. Zaha is an effective participant but when he performs it means one other participant is not and so they have such group of attacking gamers that one performs, one other one does not.

“When you take a look at Crystal Palace you might be speaking about Zaha, Benteke, Ayew, Batshuayi, Mateta and to talk about excellent attacking gamers like Townsend, Eze, they’ve the whole lot to attain targets.

“[It’s] most likely only a second. The two matches we performed in opposition to them, one this season, one final season they scored and so they took factors away from us so I’ve heaps of respect for them. That’s it.”

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