Hodgson rues latest Zaha setback
Crystal Palace head coach Roy Hodgson fears that his side could be without talismanic forward Wilfried Zaha for as much as a month due to his latest injury setback.
The 25-year-old suffered a knee problem during the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United last weekend and will be definitely be absent for a couple of weeks, with Hodgson fearing his player could be sidelined for double that time.
If he recovered in a week or two it would be a fantastic effort, but it's more realistic we'd have to wait a month for him.Roy Hodgson
He told reporters ahead of a Saturday trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton: "It's amazing Wilf was able to play so much of the game with the injury.
"He's a very quick healer and we'll be working to get him back as soon as possible. He won't play against Everton though.
"If he recovered in a week or two it would be a fantastic effort, but it's more realistic we'd have to wait a month for him - he'll be pushing the medical staff to come back as soon as possible."
Meanwhile, Hodgson has urged his players to maintain the standards which have seen them earn 27 points from their last 19 Premier League games, having started the season with seven consecutive defeats.
He added: "To pick up 27 points from those 19 games is a testament to how hard we've worked. We need to keep up that points tally in the final 12 games."
Ahead of the meeting with Everton, Palace are three points clear of the relegation places, although they are without a win in their last three league games.
The Eagles can be backed at 23/10 to secure a draw at Goodison Park, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 11/2, while Palace are 1000/1 to be relegated come the end of the season.
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