Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared, reports the Evening Standard.
Zaha, 27, was able to complete the 90 minutes against Chelsea but needed to have ice applied to his foot immediately after the game.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson would’ve been fearing the worst to see his star player injured, but the winger was able to join up with the Ivory Coast squad ahead of the international break.
He had endured a tough afternoon at Stamford Bridge, coming off second best to 19-year-old Blues full-back Reece James for the duration of the game.
It’s been a slow start to the season for Zaha, who is yet to find the back of the net in all competitions, despite making 13 appearances and playing over 1,000 minutes of football in that time.
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Usually so influential for the Eagles, the former Manchester United winger has struggled to find top form after failing to secure a move away from Selhurst Park in the summer transfer window.
Palace’s form has also dropped off lately, with three defeats from their last four games taking them from inside the top six, to the bottom half of the table.
After losses at the hands of high-flyers Chelsea and Leicester, it doesn’t get any easier for Hodgson’s men as they welcome Liverpool to south London in their first game after the international break.
Undoubtedly, Zaha will have to be back to his best if Palace are to get something from their next fixture.
He carries Hodgson’s attack, as stats from WhoScored suggest. For example, last season, the 27-year-old averaged 3.4 dribbles per game in the Premier League, more than any other Crystal Palace player.
Time and time again, he carries the Eagles and the ball, quite literally.
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