Hodgson: Palace sweating over Zaha's fitness

Hodgson: Palace sweating over Zaha's fitness
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha sits on the ground before being substituted with an injury

by Staff Reporter

Friday Jun 26, 2020. 16:00

Crystal Palace are sweating over the fitness of Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha.

The club manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that the winger is suffering from a calf injury which he picked up in their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool FC on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old player will undergo a scan to determine the extent of the damage ahead of their next Premier League clash with Burnley on Monday.

“It’s a calf muscle strain. There were some discussions as to whether he [Zaha] should attempt to play but he was adamant it was something he could try to get away with,” Hodgson said on Goal.

“It became obvious he couldn’t and we don’t want him to be out for a long period.

“We’re in tomorrow morning and they [Zaha and Christian Benteke] will be assessed further, and I imagine both will be assessed up until Sunday – the day before Burnley,” he continued.

“Benteke definitely has a strain that has been scanned and diagnosed, so I think he will be battling to get ready for that one.

“With Wilf we don’t know the extent of damage – so until we get that scan on him, we’re on a wing of prayer, and hoping we won’t be without the pair of them again.”

Zaha has featured in 27 matches in the Premier League this season and he has netted three times in the process.

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