Crystal Palace have received a big injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Everton at Selhurst Park this evening.
In Friday’s press conference, Patrick Vieira revealed that Eberechi Eze has been training well as he continues his recovery from an Achilles problem, with Joachim Andersen and Nathan Ferguson also progressing well.
“The team news is Joachim took some part of training the last couple of days with the team. And Nathan and Eze are doing well,” the manager confirmed.
That wasn’t where the good news ended for the Eagles, though. Vieira provided a positive update on James McArthur, who has been absent in recent weeks with a hamstring issue.
The Frenchman revealed: “James is feeling better as well. He has started doing some individual training on the field, and this morning he took part in the first 15-20 minutes of the training session – but he will not be involved in the Everton game.”
The nwws that Eze is making good progress in his quest to regain full match fitness will have the Palace fans buzzing with excitement given their recent struggles. After a promising run of form during the autumn, the south London outfit are currently enduring a four-game winless run, having lost their last three consecutive fixtures.
Despite having the attacking firepower of Wilfried Zaha, Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise, Vieira’s charges have been unable to carve open opposition defences over the last few weeks, failing to find the back of the net against both Leeds and Manchester United.
Therefore, this latest revelation will surely be warmly welcomed by everyone associated with Palace, not least the supporters. In 2020/21, Eze was the Eagles’ chief creator with six assists, and his absence from the starting XI has been sorely missed in the opening weeks of the current campaign.
The 23-year-old has only been able to make two substitute appearances so far this term, but if he’s fit enough to feature from the off against Everton today, he could be the difference-maker for Palace once again if he can replicate his form from last season.