Crystal Palace have been handed a big injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash against Manchester City this afternoon after manager Patrick Vieira revealed that he has no fresh injury concerns.
Talisman Wilfried Zaha hasn’t started the Eagles’ last two games after returning from international duty with an illness, while long-term absentees Nathan Ferguson and Eberechi Eze are still recovering from their respective Achilles injuries.
However, Vieira confirmed in Friday’s press conference that virtually everyone had taken part in training earlier in the day, providing him with plenty of options for the tricky fixture ahead.
“This morning, we had training, and everybody was available,” said the Frenchman. “The only one that didn’t start training with the squad yet is Nathan [Ferguson]. But again, he’s doing really well, and he should start taking some part of training with the team in the next couple of weeks.”
However, despite Eze returning to first team training, Vieira disclosed that today’s encounter at the Etihad Stadium had come too soon for the 23-year-old.
“He’s been very good. He had a full week with the first team, where he did from the start to the end, and is doing really well. So I was really pleased with where he is at the moment. But it’s still too short for him to take part in the game tomorrow,” the manager said.
The former Nice boss then revealed that Zaha is doing well following his recent setback, although he refused to confirm on Friday whether the Ivorian would start against the Cityzens.
Vieira concluded: “We will make a decision tomorrow. Wilfried had a full training session with the team, and he’s doing well. We will make a final decision tomorrow morning.”
News that Palace have no new fitness worries will leave Vieira delighted going into one of the toughest fixtures on the Premier League calendar.
Zaha was the club’s top scorer with 11 top-flight goals last season, so his possible availability will be a huge boost for the Eagles as they attempt to cause an upset against the reigning champions, just as they have done in the past.
The south London outfit have drawn their last four games as they continue to excite and frustrate in equal measure under Vieira, and they’ll be hoping that this positive injury update will help them turn one point into three.