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Update on Wilfried Zaha’s hamstring injury after Newcastle win

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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha suffered a hamstring injury in his side’s 2-1 win over Newcastle and had to be substituted midway through the second half.

The Ivorian winger stopped 13 minutes after the break and had to be replaced by Andros Townsend, but despite losing their top scorer, Palace managed to hang on to the win thanks to goals from Jairo Riedewald and Gary Cahill .

Wilfried Zaha
Zaha was sent off against Newcastle | Pool / Getty Images

Next up for Palace is a trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United, and speaking ahead of the game, manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that meeting with Marcelo Bielsa’s side will come far too soon for Zaha.

“We don’t know how long it’s going to keep him away,” Hodgson admitted (via the club’s official website). “He certainly won’t be available for this game, and it could be a lot longer than that.

“Right now, of course, it’s the start of the injury and it’s still being evaluated. It is totally unrealistic to suggest that he would be ready for this game.

Zaha has accumulated nine goals and two assists in the Premier League this season, leaving him atop Palace’s goalscoring list, and Hodgson has confirmed that the club’s medical staff are working tirelessly to help Zaha recover.

Roy Hodgson, Wilfried Zaha
Hodgson fears Zaha will be sidelined for some time | Pool / Getty Images

“You never know with those hamstring injuries, but Wilf is amazing in terms of recovery so I wouldn’t want to put a specific timeline on it,” he added.

“Our people are doing their best to bring him back to the field.”

In Zaha’s absence, Palace will have to rely on Townsend and Ebere Eze to provide the creativity, while new signing Jean-Philippe Mateta is expected to help Christian Benteke and Michy Batshuayi on the goal front.

Eberechi Eze
Eze will be relied on to provide creativity | Pool / Getty Images

Hodgson won’t be the only manager to scratch his head following Zaha’s injury. Many fantasy football managers are going to ruin the loss of Zaha, who is one of the game’s most successful midfielders so far this season.

If you’ve had enough in your bank, consider swapping Zaha for slightly more expensive options like Jack Grealish from Aston Villa or James Maddison from Leicester City, but if you’re looking for a bargain, Tomas Soucek from West Ham, Pedro Neto of Wolves and Ilkay Gundogan of Man City all deserve to be considered.

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