Before Crystal Palace’s vital FA Cup quarterfinal against Watford last weekend, Wilfried Zaha withdrew from the squad with a hamstring strain.
Roy Hodgson has said that Zaha’s return date is still unknown, and an elongated time on the sidelines for the Palace winger could plunge Palace into a relegation battle.
“(Zaha) felt his hamstring after the Brighton game, he didn’t train, during the week we took him out to test it on Thursday but it would have been an enormous risk to play him in the game today and risk more serious injury,” Hodgson told Sky Sports. “We can only hope he’ll recover in the two weeks before the next game.”
In the 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road, the Eagles desperately missed Zaha and were without his creative spark.
Hodgson indicated that Zaha’s injury had no set return date, a worrying sign ahead of a must-win clash against Huddersfield Town after the international break.
Palace currently sit in 14th place, just five points clear of the relegation zone, making the match against the Terriers a great opportunity to distance themselves from the bottom three.
But facing the prospect of a Wilfried Zaha-less squad, the Eagles may struggle and could see themselves sucked into a battle against the drop — as long as Zaha’s absence continues.