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Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha will miss his home game against Burnley on Saturday as he faces a few weeks on the sidelines.
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Zaha will miss a soccer stint due to a hamstring injury he suffered against Newcastle United, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.
The versatile forward came out during the 2-1 he won over Newcastle and had to be replaced by Andros Townsend, and is now ready to face a long spell.
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Hodgson had been expecting he will recover quickly, but his hopes have been dashed as he appears to have suffered yet another setback in his recovery from injury.
Speaking to reporters at his pre-game press conference, Hodgson said: “It’s only a week later, it will take longer to recover. The same applies to McArthur, McCarthy, Schlupp, Connor Wickham … “
Big setback for Hodgson
The timing couldn’t be much worse for the Eagles coach as he really could do it with his star man right now as Palace is hosting Burnley this afternoon and looking to get back on the winning track in the Premier League afterward. from Monday night’s 2-0 loss to Leeds United.
Palace has sorely missed Zaha and his offensive influence over the past week and will want him to return as quickly as possible as they have looked lost on ideas and lacking confidence in the last third during their recent absence.
A comeback of nine goals in 19 Premier League appearances this season sees him classified first in the Palace squad. For context, it’s more goals than Christian Benteke, Eberechi Eze and Michy Batshuayi have scored against each other this season so far, according to Who scored.
Palace has lacked his presence up front as not only is he the club’s top scorer this season, but he has also created opportunities for players like Batshuayi and Benteke, as evidenced by his 0.9 key passes for every 90 in the Premier League.
Palace has only had two victories in the past 18 Top flight Zaha has been forced to miss for various reasons.
Not surprisingly, Palace had trouble scoring goals in the absence of the Ivory Coast international, so potentially being without one of their key players for upcoming games against Brighton, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur respectively will certainly be a pill. bitter for Hodgson. swallow.
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