Eberechi Eze is set to make his long-awaited return to competitive football today for Crystal Palace’s Under-23s against Blackburn Rovers.
The 23-year-old suffered an Achilles tendon injury during training back in May, but has slowly returned to first-team training ahead of schedule during the last month.
Now, the club have deemed that Eze is ready to move to the next stage of his rehabilitation, and he has today been named him in the squad for the Under-23s Premier League 2 match against Blackburn.
It’ll be the first match the midfielder has played for Palace since the Eagles 3-2 win over Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on May 16, having scored four goals and assisted six more in his debut Premier League season with the club before picking up his injury.
Speaking about Eze on Friday in his pre-match press conference for the Man City game, Patrick Vieira said he was happy with how the midfielder’s rehabilitation was going.
“He’s been very good,” the manager told reporters. “He had a full week with the first team where he did from the start to the end, and is doing really well. So I was really pleased with where he is at the moment.”
Palace utilised their Under-23s similarly for summer signing Michael Olise, who had arrived at the club with a back injury following his transfer from Reading.
He was subsequently named in the PL2 lineup to take on Leicester City in September, where he put in a starring performance as the Eagles ran out 6-1 winners.