Crystal Palace could be left sweating over the fitness of Wilfried Zaha for the remainder of the campaign.
According to Roy Hodgson, the Ivorian winger “felt” something in his groin ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester City – a game in which the Eagles fell to a 2-0 defeat.
Zaha managed to take to the field despite the potential problem, completing the full 90 minutes, but it will nevertheless be a worry for Hodgson in the final few matches of the campaign.
Should the injury be more serious than first thought and the £130k per week winger is ruled out, this would see Palace lose their talisman.
The 28-year-old has once again been at the forefront of Crystal Palace’s season during 2020/21, netting ten goals in all competitions.
Those strikes alone have been worth six points to the Eagles in the Premier League and without them, they would still be firmly embroiled in the battle to avoid relegation.
Indeed, in the eight games that Palace have played without Zaha this season, they have only one won – a terrible rate.
Whilst the Eagles are under zero threat of dropping into the Championship this season, any injury to Zaha would certainly be a sour note to end the campaign on if he is ruled out and that terrible run continues.
Even if he is not restricted to the sidelines though, Hodgson will certainly be hoping for better from Zaha going forwards if the injury is only minor.
The winger turned in a disastrous performance against Manchester City on Saturday – a display that, on reflection, could potentially have been explained by his apparent groin problem.
Palace will certainly hope he is fully fit and firing for next weekend’s clash against already relegated Sheffield United as the Eagles aim to halt their three-match losing run.