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Zaha Injury Update & Sørloth Named In Squad

8 February 2018

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Wilfried Zaha picked up a knee injury in the draw during the match against Newcastle United and misses Saturday's trip to Everton.

The winger now faces his second spell out of the side through injury having missed eight games with a similar injury suffered on the opening day against Huddersfield Town.

The manager confirmed that rumours he would be out for the season are not true as he gave an update on the 25 year old's injury. 

"We don't know how long he is out for, that is the bottom line and it's amazing he was able to play so long i in the game with the injury. The good news for us is that he is a very quick healer, he and the medical staff will work very hard to get him back on the field as soon as possible and we know he will definitely not play against Everton, that's for sure, and it might even take a week or two more than that. 

We have got an international break coming up and a break next week for the FA Cup so we are hoping it will not be as long as all that and we will have to take it on a match by match, week by week basis and get him back on the field as soon as we possibly can. 

"I can definitely kibosh the rumours that he is out for the rest of the season, definitely no chance of that, he will be back." 

Hodgson is not in a position to be able to put an exact timeline on Zaha's absence as that is in the hands of the medical team but he knows the player will be the first person pushing the doctor for a return date. 

"The doctors won't give you a time frame, they wont be put under that pressure, if he recovers in a week or two it would be a fantastic effort from his point of view so realistically it would be that we may have to wait a month or so for him but its not certain. All the time the chance persists to get him back we will be doing our very best to do that but he certainly is not one who likes to be on the sidelines so he will be pushing the medical people to let him back onto the field as soon as possible."

In other team news Hodgson confirmed that deadline day signing, Alexander Sørloth, will be taking his place in the squad for the trip to Merseyside. 

"He is certainly ready to play in my opinion and will be involved in the squad of the players simply because we don’t have many forward players left who are fit to play." 

Watch the full press conference on Palace TV or if you’re viewing in the club’s official app, simply head to Palace TV on the bottom menu.

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