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Hodgson admits Zaha no longer surprises him

3 January 2020

Previewing Sunday's FA Cup clash against Derby County, Roy Hodgson revealed in his press conference that Wilfried Zaha no longer surprises him after completing a full 90 minutes against Norwich City, something Hodgson revealed Zaha did whilst carrying an injury.

Hodgson said: "Not surprised [that Zaha played against Norwich City]. That’s what he is. He’s fantastic. He’s a real warrior, in the sense that he always wants to play. He has recovered from injuries, in the time I have been here, weeks before the prognosis - people are saying: ‘that will keep him out for X amount of time.'

"He has come back quicker on so many occasions that nothing he does surprises me. I was very concerned we wouldn’t have him for the Norwich City game, I must say, and then even more surprised that he could play the 90 minutes and produce the assist that won us a point in the game."

Given Zaha's ability to recover quickly, Hodgson refused to rule out utilising the winger against the Rams on Sunday: "It’s Friday. We’ve got two more days. I’ll see how he is tomorrow. I’m not going to write him off but I am sceptical that we are going to be able to get him out there again."

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