After Wilfried Zaha was left out of the Palace side to take on Southampton this afternoon, Roy Hodgson has provided an update on the attacker’s groin injury.
Zaha was forced to watch the game from the stands after unfortunately tweaking a muscle in the final moments of the last training session of the week on Friday, and despite initially hoping that he could play a part against the Saints, it wasn’t to be.
After admitting it was touch-and-go that Zaha might feature, Hodgson will hope that the Ivorian international will fully fit following the international break, with a fortnight until the Eagles head to Huddersfield Town for their next Premier League fixture.
Speaking in his post-match press conference following the 2-0 defeat to Southampton, Hodgson said: “He was injured yesterday in the very last minutes of the training session. He was assessed during the afternoon when the session was over and he came back in earlier this morning to see the medical staff and see if the injury wasn’t that serious and maybe he could play, but he couldn’t and it was sufficient to keep him out of the game.
“I knew that earlier this morning but to some extent, I was prepared for it as I left the training ground yesterday afternoon because it was fairly clear he had done something to his left abductor, so it didn’t come as a big surprise.”
The loss to the Saints meant that Palace once again failed to win a league game without Zaha in their team, a run that stretches back to September 2016, however Hodgson believes his team is good enough to win without the attacker in their ranks should the situation arise again.
On that statistical quirk, the Eagles boss added: “I am aware of it, but I don’t quite know what I can do about it until such time that we play a game without Wilf and win, and until that happens then people will be quite entitled to bring that record up and beat the rest of the team over the head with it.
“Again he didn’t play today and again we didn’t win, so it’s a fact that we have to learn to live with, and continue to make certain to put that situation behind us because there will be games where Wilf Zaha doesn’t play, and I would like to believe that the team that we have is good enough to win games without him.”