Palace were forced to get by without the services of Wilfried Zaha in their last Premier League game at home to Southampton but according to a report in today’s Evening Standard, Roy Hodgson can expect the 25-year-old attacker to be back to full fitness in time to face the Terriers this weekend.
Having somehow come through our 2-1 defeat away to Watford unscathed despite a horrible challenge on the back of his achilles from Hornets midfielder Eitenne Capoue in the opening minutes, Wilfried had a full week of training in the build-up to our meeting with Southampton, only to be forced out of contention at the last minute after pulling his groin during that Friday’s training session.
The 25-year-old predictably did everything he could to take part against Mark Hughes’ men but after taking and failing to pass a fitness test on the morning of the game, he was given no choice but to watch on from the sidelines by the Palace medical staff. Initially, estimates had suggested that Zaha would be out of action between two and four weeks but over the course of the break, it looks as though he’s made a full recovery.
His return will come as a major boost for Hodgson and his coaching staff ahead of what is a huge game for both ourselves and Huddersfield. After an opening day victory away at Fulham, Roy’s boys have failed to pick up any further points in their next three games, whilst David Wagner’s team are still awaiting their first win of the campaign, with two draws and two defeats to their name as things stand.
There have been one or two tentative suggestions that James Tomkins will also be given the all-clear to start at the John Smith’s Stadium but at the time of writing there has been no official confirmation over those rumours, leaving us with no choice but to wait until Roy Hodgson’s Thursday press conference for clarification.
Keep your fingers crossed.