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Crystal Palace FC exclusive: Wilfried Zaha tells talkSPORT he is hoping to be fit for Chelsea clash

Crystal Palace FC exclusive: Wilfried Zaha tells talkSPORT he is hoping to be fit for Chelsea clash

Wilfried Zaha has been out of action since Crystal Palace’s opening day defeat to Huddersfield

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wilfried Zaha is working hard to return to full fitness and is hopeful he will be ready to feature when Crystal Palace play Chelsea on October 14.

Zaha, the Ivory Coast international, has been out of action since the opening day, having picked up a knee injury in Palace’s defeat to Huddersfield.

He has watched from the sidelines as the Eagles have gone a further four matches without picking up a point – or even scoring a goal – and the 24-year-old has been working hard in the gym to ensure he can return to the pitch as soon as possible.

Manager Roy Hodgson revealed on Wednesday night that tests will be run on Zaha ahead of Palace’s clash with Chelsea on October 14 to see if he is ready to play, and Zaha himself admitted he has pencilled in the London derby as his return date.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Zaha said: “It’s going well, I’m getting stronger. Hopefully I’ll be back soon. I’m trying to be back soon for the Chelsea game.

“It’s hard to watch as obviously I want to help the team going through this hard patch. That’s why I’m working so hard at the gym to help the team as soon as possible.

Hodgson replaced Frank de Boer as Palace boss last week, with the Dutchman sacked having picked up no points from four Premier League matches.

Zaha believes De Boer was unfairly sacked and should have been given more time to coach Palace into his way of playing.

The winger added: “I slightly think he should have got a bit more time, as it’s not easy to transition from how we used to play to the way we play now. But football is ruthless; if you’re not getting the results you get fired.”

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