Roy Hodgson faces anxious wait over Wilfried Zaha’s fitness ahead of Huddersfield clash

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‘We can only hope he can recover in the international break’: Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson faces anxious wait over Wilfried Zaha’s fitness ahead of Huddersfield clash at Selhurst Park

  • Roy Hodgson is facing an anxious wait over the fitness of forward Wilfried Zaha
  • Zaha missed FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Watford with a hamstring injury
  • Hodgson is desperate for his star man to return as quickly as possible

Joe Bernstein for The Mail on Sunday

Crystal Palace face an anxious wait to see if Wilfried Zaha recovers from injury in time for their next Premier League game against Huddersfield in a fortnight.

Zaha missed Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Watford with a hamstring injury and with the Eagles not yet safe from relegation, manager Roy Hodgson is desperate for his star man to return as quickly as possible.

‘You never know with hamstring strains. You have to be careful particularly with someone who is an explosive player like Wilf,’ said Hodgson.

Roy Hodgson is facing an anxious wait over the fitness of star man Wilfried Zaha (pictured)

Roy Hodgson is facing an anxious wait over the fitness of star man Wilfried Zaha (pictured)

Roy Hodgson is facing an anxious wait over the fitness of star man Wilfried Zaha (pictured)

The Crystal Palace manager is desperate for his star man to return as quickly as possible

The Crystal Palace manager is desperate for his star man to return as quickly as possible

The Crystal Palace manager is desperate for his star man to return as quickly as possible

‘He felt it after Brighton and didn’t train. We took him out on Thursday to test it slightly but it was pretty obvious it would have been an enormous risk to play him at Watford.

‘With two weeks coming up for the international break, we can only hope he can recover. He is an outstanding player, when you take players like him out of the team, you can’t say you don’t miss them.’

To add to Palace’s concerns, centre-half Mamadou Sakho underwent knee surgery last week and there is no firm timeline for his return.

Hodgson added: ‘During the season when we’ve played reasonable well, it has been with Wilf and Mamadou. You are going to miss them.’

Zaha, 26, had scored five goals in six games for Palace before his injury.

Zaha missed Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Watford with a hamstring injury

Zaha missed Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Watford with a hamstring injury

Zaha missed Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Watford with a hamstring injury

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