Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes that Wilfried Zaha could play a part against Everton on Sunday afternoon should he come through training tomorrow unscathed.
The Eagles attacker returned early from international duty during the recent break after playing in the Ivory Coast’s 4-0 win against the Central African Republic last Friday, missing the return match on Tuesday afternoon.
The Palace manager revealed that Zaha had picked up a muscle strain, but despite not being able to train with the rest of the Palace squad ahead of the game against the Toffees, Hodgson hopes that he could still travel to Merseyside and face Marco Silva’s side.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, he said: “It’s good news that he’s close enough to be assessed to see if he’ll be fit enough to play, but you’re taking into areas of sports science and medicine that I’m not comfortable talking about. My information is that he hasn’t trained with us since the injury but they’re hoping he’ll be able to train tomorrow and if he does, I guess he’ll be available to play but I won’t know that tomorrow.
“I don’t know where the information that this is a two-month injury came from, but we’ve never been mindful that it would take such a long time. It’s a strain which players get on a fairly regular basis and some recover quicker than others. Wilf is a quicker than normal recoverer but it will depend on the extent of the injury whether he is a possibility to recover or not.”
As well as Zaha, Hodgson is also sweating on the availability of Max Meyer and Alexander Sørloth through illness but confirmed that Joel Ward and Jonny Williams won’t feature after the pair picked up injuries over the past couple of weeks.
Going into more detail about his squad options, he added: “We have one player to assess in Wilf Zaha, and two others who are suffering from a virus and we don’t know quite how they’ll recover – Max Meyer and Alexander Sørloth. We lost Joel Ward on Wednesday to a muscle injury in training so he’ll definitely going be out, and we’ve lost Jonny Williams from the game against Dulwich Hamlet so he’s also out."