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Crystal Palace forced to wait on Zaha fitness ahead of Huddersfield tie

Crystal Palace are being left to sweat on the fitness of Wilf Zaha ahead of this weekend’s clash against strugglers Huddersfield.

Zaha has become a lynchpin for Crystal Palace since his return to the club in 2015, with the Eagles win percentage plummeting when he is unavailable compared to their success rate when he is in the side.

The winger picked up a slight groin strain while on international duty with the Ivory Coast, and while he returned to training on Thursday, Roy Hodgson said it was too early to know if he will be able to feature in their Premier League tie against the Terriers:

“It was Wilf’s first training session today,” Hodgson told the media in his pre-match press conference.

“It was debatable whether he should train or not, but he was anxious to try, and the same applied to James Tomkins, so it was really good to see them back out with us again.

“But we will have to wait until tomorrow to see how they react to tomorrow’s training session and see if they are going to be available, because both [players], if we listen to our medical department, are coming back early, if not as early as should have been expected.”

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