Will Wilfried Zaha Start? Crystal Palace Man Keeps Fantasy Football Players Hanging
The fitness of Wilfried Zaha will have Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, whose side rely so heavily upon him, worried ahead of their Premier League tie with Newcastle at Selhurst Park tomorrow afternoon.
"It was Wilf's first training session today,” Hodgson said in his pre-match press duties.
"It was debatable whether he should train or not, but he was anxious to try.”
Zaha was forced to miss Palace’s last game before the international break, a 2-0 defeat to Southampton through injury and, after three straight defeats, his boss will be desperate to get him back into the fold.
Remarkably, they haven’t won a game without the Ivory Coast international since as far back as September 2016.
"But we will have to wait until tomorrow to see how they [he and fellow injury doubt James Tomkins] react to tomorrow's training session and see if they are going to be available, because both [players], if we listen to our medical department, are coming back early, if not as early as should have been expected."
It might go down to the wire, then, as the 25-year-old leaves his gaffer fretting.
And Hodgson isn’t the only manager who’ll be nervily anticipating news over his status, with countless Fantasy Football tinkerers relying about as heavily on Zaha as his own boss does to keep their teams competitive.
They’ll have a decision on their hands over whether to chuck Zaha into their side in the hopes that he’s healthy or bench him and risk an inevitable sterling display against the Magpies. Decisions, decisions.