Wilfried Zaha has been absent from the Crystal Palace first-team for a number of weeks now but over the weekend, the Eagles’ talisman gave fans a huge boost with an update from his Twitter account.
— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) March 4, 2018
Whilst tonight’s game at home to Manchester United has undoubtedly come too soon for the 25-year-old wide-man, there remains a slim chance of him making it back into contention for our trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next weekend, with the above photo and caption leaving supporters salivating.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson has already gone on record stating his admiration for Wilf, who, he says, has a better attitude to rehabilitative injury work than any player he’s managed over the course of a 40-year career. Whilst some will inevitably write that off as nothing more than a convenient soundbite, the social media updates and general attitude that Zaha has shown towards this latest setback leads me to believe that Roy is quite likely to be telling the truth.
Without knowing exactly how far along Zaha is in relation to a return to first-team action I could well be jumping the gun in hoping to see him play a part against Antonio Conte’s Blues but with a week of ball work under his belt by the time our trip to Stamford Bridge rolls around, it seems foolish to rule it out altogether.
In truth, our visit to Huddersfield a week later is probably a far more feasible venue for Wilf to make his hotly-anticipated return to the starting XI but until I’m told otherwise by Roy Hodgson, I’m going to continue to hold out hope of everyone’s favourite academy graduate making an appearance on Saturday evening.
Having returned to score the winner against Chelsea following a lengthy lay-off at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, it would almost be too perfect for words if he could do the same thing again on their home patch.
We can dream, can’t we?