Having been ruled out for “up to six weeks” following Crystal Palace’s game against Newcastle at the start of February, Wilfried Zaha has clearly made sizeable strides towards a full recovery in the last week or so, keeping supporters up to date with his progress via Instagram.
Shortly after the conclusion of our game against Rafa Benitez’s Magpies, news of Zaha’s injury began to filter out of the club, with the winger having played through the pain barrier for more than half of the game the previous Sunday, only to see his knee swell up in the hours that followed.
Whilst his desire to play on and help the club however he can should be commended, the fact that he suffered a similar setback against Huddersfield on the opening day of the season is worth keeping in mind as we move forward. We may be outside of the drop zone as I sit here writing this but with consecutive games against Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea in the next few weeks, we’ll be in desperate need of Wilf’s services for the entirety of the run-in to the Premier League season.
At this stage, it would be foolish to nail my colours to the mast and claim that Zaha will be back in first-team action prior to the initial six-week time-frame but with Roy Hodgson having already described the academy man as “an extremely quick healer”, videos like the one referenced above from the man himself certainly give me hope of a speedier return.
Were the club’s medical staff to give WIlf the green light, I’m pretty sure he’d readily go out on the pitch against Tottenham wearing his leg brace but for now, I think the game against Pochettino’s men will come too early for even him.
It’s good to know he’s well on the road to recovery, now it’s just a case of crossing our fingers and hoping that he continues to work well ahead of schedule.