By Richard Parks
Wilfried Zaha will be absent for Crystal Palace’s Premier League showdown against Tottenham at Selhurst Park on Sunday, it has been confirmed.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson has claimed that the in-form wide forward is making good progress from the knee injury he sustained earlier this month but is not yet ready to return.
Indeed, Hodgson predicted that Zaha will be out for a few more weeks with the injury he sustained in Palace’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.
“Wilf is progressing well, but is still weeks away. It looks as he’s much further forward in his recovery than he medically should be at this point,” Hodgson said at his pre-match media conference, as quoted by Football London.
Football Insider verdict:
The absence of the Ivory Coast international, 25, is a bitter blow to Palace and, conversely, a massive boost for Tottenham. Zaha has scored four goals and supplied two assists from 20 league matches this season after being the subject of sustained interest from Tottenham – manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to be a huge fan – in previous transfer windows. There is even word of a £50million pursuit from Spurs this summer. Zaha’s statistics have not matched his brilliant 2016-17 season in which scored seven goals and provided 11 assists from 35 league encounters, but he is widely regarded as Palace’s dangerman and outstanding player. Tottenham’s defenders will be especially glad they won’t have to subdue such a tricky opponent who has the skills and nimbleness to not only create havoc but also make them look very stupid.
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By Richard Parks