Having been forced to travel out to the Ivory Coast despite sustaining a hamstring strain the week before, Wilfried Zaha is now believed to be back in England.
The winger was assessed by the international side’s medical staff upon his arrival in Africa and consequently failed to play a single minute of football during his time with the team, making you wonder why they made him fly out in the first place. There is a chance that they were simply sceptical about the severity of the injury he’d sustained and wanted to see it for themselves but there is no doubt that the travel and fatigue created by such a trip will have had an impact on the wide-man’s recovery time.
Having missed the Eagles’ FA Cup quarter-final with Watford as a direct result of the strain, both Wilf and Roy Hodgson will be hoping that he recovers in time to face Huddersfield at Selhurst Park this weekend, in a game that could prove to be immensely important in Palace’s battle to avoid the drop. In essence, we should be safe but a loss this weekend is likely to see us dragged right back into the mix.
Roy is also expected to give an update on the wellbeing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who withdrew from U21 duty with injury on Saturday after also failing to play a single minute of football during the international break. Details of the exact issue he’s sustained have been non-existent but the entire fan-base is hoping that both he and Zaha will be given the green light to face the Terriers after what has been an extremely frustrating couple of weeks for both of them.