Crystal Palace star man Wilfried Zaha has returned to full first-team training ahead of the visit of Premier League champions Chelsea to Selhurst Park on Saturday.
The 24 year-old Ivory Coast winger has been injured since the opening day defeat to Huddersfield Town two months ago. He has since missed the Eagles’ past six Premier League games with fortunes none the better, losing all seven league games this season without scoring a goal.
Zaha’s return will be a welcome boost but he will need to be on top form and fitness if Palace are to remain in the top-flight come the end of May. Given the injury problems up top for Palace, the academy graduate may be a viable option to lead the attack down the middle. He came through the ranks in the South Londoners’ youth sides by playing as a striker.
It remains unclear as to whether Zaha will be fully fit come the visit of Antonio Conte’s men on Saturday, but it may be worth surrendering the game and keeping him wrapped in cotton wool for the bigger picture. Next weekend’s trip to Newcastle United is by no means an easy game either, but given the misery around Selhurst Park at the minute, it would be unfair to expect Zaha to entirely reverse Palace’s fortunes. The Ivorian played heroics in Palace’s stunning 1-2 victory at Stamford Bridge in April, scoring the equaliser before laying on the winner for Christian Benteke against the future champions.
We miss you Wilf, but even you can’t save this sinking ship on your own. Something significant has to change, let’s hope Roy has got his message across during this international break. Is it already too late for the Eagles? Can our star man save the day once again? History is against us just seven games in…