Wilfried Zaha To Return Ahead Of Schedule To Help Crystal Palace Survival Bid, Reveals Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed Wilfried Zaha’s recovery from injury is “ahead of schedule”.

Zaha suffered a knee injury against Newcastle United last month, with Hodgson dismissing reports the 25-year-old could miss the rest of the season.

The Ivory Coast winger has watched his side lose both Premier League games he has missed with Eagles only outside the bottom three on goal difference.

But the visit of his former club Manchester United to Selhurst Park on Monday looks to have come too soon.

The Palace boss said: “Wilfried is recovering ahead of schedule.

“But his running at the moment is pretty much in straight lines but we haven’t done those difficult things that need testing out for knee ligament injuries.

“That entails the twisting and turning and then of course the contact with other players when you get back into normal training.”

Meanwhile, Martin Kelly and Jeffrey Schlupp could be fit for the United clash on Monday evening.

Hodgson added: “I said last time that Jeffrey Schlupp and Martin Kelly were close to returning to full training.

“I think they had done one session with us before the Spurs game but they have trained all week and I am counting on those two being fit, but they are the only two that are back in contention.

“All the other ones that were out are still injured.”

Palace will be hoping thier talisman will be ready for action as soon as possible.

After United they have tough trips to Chelsea and Huddersfield before a home game with Liverpool at the end of March.

Hodgson was crowned Manager of the Year at the London Football Awards on Thursday, while Spurs striker Harry Kane scooped the Premier League Player of the Year gong.


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