Crystal Palace could be set for a surprise injury boost over the coming weeks after star midfielder Eberechi Eze posted a video of himself back in training online.
The 23-year-old playmaker joined the Eagles in a £20m move from Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2020 and quickly established himself as a pivotal cog in the capital club’s setup.
However, he ruptured his Achilles tendon during training back in May and has spent the subsequent months on the treatment table recovering from the serious setback.
Eze’s injury was initially thought to rule him out of action until the turn of the year, and while new manager Patrick Vieira has not put a date on the youngster’s return to first-team action yet, this latest development is a positive sign.
On Tuesday evening, the former England U21 international posted a video of himself training with a ball at the club’s Copers Cope base in Bromley alongside a sand timer emoji.
Eze can be seen doing some light sprints between cones before making some passes with one of his coaches afterwards in the video, giving hope that a return to action is just around the corner.
The apparent progress that Eze is making on his road to recovery will undoubtedly have Vieira feeling delighted, given the importance of the creative talent to Palace.
Last season, no Eagles player bettered or matched his tally of six Premier League assists and he also produced the most key passes and dribbles, with average totals of 1.3 and 1.9 per league game respectively, as per WhoScored.
Unfortunately for Eze, his injury came just before England were due to announce their provisional squad for Euro 2020 in the summer. And to add to his pain, he later found out that his name was on Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man list for the tournament.
The attack-minded midfielder will be hoping to get back to full fitness as soon as possible now, though, and add even more excitement to Palace’s new era under Vieira.
They have started vibrantly under the Frenchman so they will surely become even better if they add one of their starts from 2020/21 to the side.