Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha will miss their home game against Burnley on Saturday as he faces a few weeks on the sidelines.
Zaha is set to miss a period of football due to a hamstring injury he suffered against Newcastle United, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.
The versatile forward came off during the 2-1 win over Newcastle and had to be replaced by Andros Townsend, and he is now set to face a lengthy spell out.
Hodgson had been hoping he would make a quick recovery but his hopes have been dashed as it appears he has suffered a fresh setback in his recovery from injury.
Speaking to reporters in his pre-match press conference, Hodgson said: “It’s only one week in, it’ll take more time to recover. Same applies to McArthur, McCarthy, Schlupp, Connor Wickham…”
The timing couldn’t be much worse for the Eagles manager as he could really do with his star man right now as Palace play host to Burnley this afternoon looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League following Monday night’s 2-0 defeat to Leeds United.
Palace have sorely missed Zaha and his attacking influence over the past week or so and will want him back as quickly as possible as they have looked lost for ideas and short of confidence in the final third during his recent absence.
A return of nine goals in 19 Premier League appearances this season sees him ranked first in the Palace squad. For context, that’s more goals than Christian Benteke, Eberechi Eze and Michy Batshuayi have scored between them this season thus far, as per WhoScored.
Palace have lacked his presence upfront as not only is he the club’s top scorer this season, he has also created chances for the likes of Batshuayi and Benteke, as evidenced by his 0.9 key passes per 90 in the Premier League.
Palace have only picked two wins in the past 18 games in the top flight Zaha has been forced to miss for various reasons.
It’s no wonder Palace have struggled to score goals in the absence of the Ivory Coast international, so to potentially be without one of their key players for the upcoming fixtures against Brighton, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur respectively will no doubt be a bitter pill for Hodgson to swallow.
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