Hodgson Confirms Wilfried Zaha Ruled Out Of Leeds Clash

Zaha Ruled Out Of Leeds Clash

Crystal Palace are going to be without their star man Wilfried Zaha after the 28-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in their 2-1 win at Newcastle.

The Ivory Coast international went down under a challenge from Newcastle defender Javier Manquillo as he attempted to speed past the Spaniard at St James Park on Tuesday. 

Manager Roy Hodgson said he was unsure how long the forward would be kept out, but ruled him out of their upcoming game against Leeds and said he could be missing for ‘possibly much longer’.

Speaking ahead of their trip to Elland Road, The Eagles boss confirmed the bad news around Zaha and admitted he is now ‘scratching around’ for a replacement.

‘No, I’m afraid it’s a hamstring injury. We don’t know how long it will keep him out, but certainly this weekend and possibly much longer.

‘It would be totally unrealistic to expect him to take part this weekend.

‘And we haven’t had good news on others. From a good point, we’re now scratching around for players who could fill in.’

Hodgson was unable to reveal the severity of Zaha’s hamstring blow but insisted the club’s medical staff would do their utmost to get him back in action as soon as realistically possible.

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