Crystal Palace & Wilfried Zaha
This is the last news Crystal Palace needed.
Is this the type of bad break which could see the Eagles relegated from the Premier League this season?
On Tuesday morning, the Times have revealed that Palace’s best player, Wilfried Zaha, could be out of action for two months.
That’s a shock update after the midfielder played 90 minutes on Sunday in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle.
While it’s still unclear if Zaha is indeed sidelined, the update in the Times is far from promising. Readers are told:
Crystal Palace fear that Wilfried Zaha could be out for a couple of months with suspected knee ligament damage. His absence would be a significant blow to their chances of Premier League survival.
The forward will see a specialist today after suffering pain in his knee during the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Sunday, when he played the entire game.
Everton, then Tottenham, Man United & Chelsea
If Zaha is indeed out of action, he’ll miss a series of enormous matches for Palace as we head into the business end of the campaign.
Next Saturday Roy Hodgson takes his side to Everton.
After that the Eagles have a string of extremely tough fixtures as they take on Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Palace are just three points above the bottom three, and the Zaha injury could swell an already difficult situation at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles have been hit with a long list of injuries this season. Already the likes of Scott Dann, Jeffrey Schlupp and Jason Puncheon have been ruled out for the season.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been forced to return to Chelsea as he’s out with an ankle injury. While Bakary Sako, Martin Kelly and Connor Wickham are all injured too.
Of course, Zaha missed a large chunk at the start of the season with a knee injury.
During that time Palace failed to win any of their opening seven EPL matches while they failed to score in any of those matches too.