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Boss Gives Injury Update

13 October 2017

7. Wilfried Zaha - 259 appearances, 34 goals

Roy Hodgson revealed that two weeks training for Wilfried Zaha has put him back available for selection this weekend but the boss will have to wait on a matchday morning fitness test before knowing who will be his goalkeeper against Chelsea.

The manager has been pleased to be able to run his eye over Wilfried Zaha in training during the international break and is pleased to see him return sooner than expected. 

"Wilfried has trained for two weeks over the international break so therefore there is no reason why I shouldn’t consider him for the game against Chelsea.

"The fans will be pleased to see him back on the field but I would urge people to give him the benefit of the doubt in his first few games he comes back into as he has been out for over six weeks. He did ever so well to come back that quickly from the injury so to expect him to be in the form he was in before is a tough ask but it has certainly been good to see him in training," Hodgson said at his pre-match press conference. 

The boss has had players away representing their country but one has come back with an injury following the final qualifier games. 

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been in the medical room since reporting back on Tuesday morning and now faces a wait to see if he will take his place on Saturday. 

"Wayne picked up a knock in the final part of the Wales match at the start of the week and we have been treating that injury ever since and he is going to have a fitness test tomorrow morning," reported Hodgson as he prepared for the game against the Champions. 

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is not eligable for the game but has been back in training over the break after missing the recent trip to Old Trafford through injury. 

The manager also reported that Bakary Sako and Jordon Mutch have been out injured in the last couple of weeks but both have now returned to fitness. 


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