Wilfried Zaha has left Crystal Palace’s pre-season training camp to deal with a family issue.
Roy Hodgson confirmed the Ivorian winger, 25, has had to leave Sweden a few days early and will miss their game with Halmstads.
Roy Hodgson confirmed that unfortunately Wilfried Zaha had to leave the training camp a couple of days early to deal with a family matter, and is therefore not involved tonight. pic.twitter.com/4PYw5Hsw46
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) July 16, 2018
Earlier on Monday, the Eagles chief moved quickly to deny Zaha would leave the club, despite intense speculation.
Hodgson claimed: “What people seem to forget with Wilf is he has got a four-year contract.
“There is speculation every year around Messi and Ronaldo too.
“He is our player for the next four years and the club has got no interest or desire to sell him.”
The news of Zaha’s absence will be a blow to Palace fans, with Hodgson revealing he intended to play his strongest XI against Halmstads.
Ahead of the game, the ex-England chief said: “We will start with what we consider to be our strongest eleven at this moment in time.”
For the Sweden game, Jeffrey Schlupp and Andros Townsend started on the wings, with one almost certainly taking a spot reserved for Zaha.
Already this summer, Zaha has been linked with £70million moves to the likes of Everton, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham.