Hodgson hails Crystal Palace defender Wan-Bissaka’s ‘consistency, work-rate and humility.’

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has hailed young defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of the full-back’s return from injury.

The 21-year-old has missed Palace’s last two league fixtures with a hamstring problem, but as the England U-21 international prepares to return for this weekend’s clash at Burnley, Hodgson was full of praise for the defender who’s form this season has attracted the attention of some of the division’s leading clubs.

“Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s fit again now, that’s a boost for us,” said Hodgson at his pre-match press conference.

“It’s been a fantastic year for Aaron. I like how hard he works and how firmly he has been able to keep his feet on the ground,” Hodgson told his pre-match press conference.

“His consistency, work-rate and humility to learn and grow are all wonderful assets.”

Palace will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday night’s 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United when they travel to Turf Moor, and Hodgson will have to do without sidelined centre-back Mamadou Sakho.

The Frenchman limped out of the defeat to United with a knee injury, with reports suggesting he could miss the remainder of the season.

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