Crystal Palace have received a potential injury boost ahead of their Premier League encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers after it was revealed that star midfielder Eberechi Eze may be fit enough to take a place on the substitute’s bench.
The highly-rated 23-year-old has been sidelined with an Achilles problem since May and is yet to feature for Patrick Vieira’s new-look side this season.
However, Eze made his comeback for Palace’s U23’s on Monday night, playing 62 minutes as the youth side lost 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers.
It was initially believed that the youngster wouldn’t be included in Vieira’s matchday squad until after the upcoming international break, but now, according to The Sun, he could be available over the weekend.
The report states that: “And now SunSport understands the playmaker has a chance of being on the bench for Saturday’s hosting of Wolves.
“If he does and makes an appearance as a substitute, Eze would play in front of fans at Crystal Palace for the first time since joining from QPR for £16million in August 2020.”
After his successful outing for Shaun Derry’s U23s, Eze expressed his excitement at the prospect of playing in front of Palace supporters for the first time, stating he ‘cannot wait’ to entertain the capital club’s fanbase.
“That’s going to be a beautiful feeling. Stepping out and feeling the atmosphere, hearing the fans, entertaining them. That’s all I want to do, and I honestly cannot wait for the day,” he said.
And news that Eze could make his return to the first-team squad for the visit of Wolves will leave Vieira feeling absolutely delighted.
The Selhurst Park outfit have made a strong start to life under their new manager, but having one of their main creative forces make his comeback will still be a significant boost.
Eze bagged four goals and provided six assists in 34 top-flight appearances last term, highlighting his importance to Palace, and everyone associated with the south London side will be eagerly anticipating his first minutes of the season.