Wilfried Zaha: Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace can't just be reliant on winger

Wilfried Zaha is undergoing a period of self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus; Crystal Palace were beaten 1-0 by Burnley on Monday in the Ivory Coast winger's absence

Wilfried Zaha was the match-winner as Crystal Palace beat Southampton
Image: Crystal Palace will be without Wilfried Zaha for a second Premier League fixture this week

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has challenged his squad to show they are not just reliant on the qualities of Wilfried Zaha when they host Newcastle on Friday night.

Zaha continues his period of self-isolation following a positive coronavirus test, which also ruled him out of Monday's trip to Burnley, which ended in a 1-0 defeat for Palace.

Hodgson hopes Ivory Coast forward Zaha will shake off the virus and return a negative test as he looks to make a comeback ahead of the West Brom game on December 5.

The Eagles boss, though, accepts his team cannot just look to rely on the talents of any one player.

"He [Zaha] has still got a few more days left to isolate. That will take him, I think, to Saturday, when he will be tested again," Hodgson said.

"We will be hoping that the test will be negative because he has been feeling OK, which is often the case when people test positive. He has had the virus, so we have to follow the procedures.

"Wilf is a very important player.

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"It is always the case whenever you have a player who has hit the headlines for his club in the way Wilf has done for us and the team plays without that player and do not get a result, then everyone talks about the man who is missing.

"Of course you miss those players - but you miss them playing their best football and you can't guarantee they would be playing their best football [in any particular match].

"We tend to endow the player who is not playing with incredible quality, but we did miss him of course and always will miss him when he is not playing because he is such a good player."

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Newcastle head to Selhurst Park looking to avoid what could be a third straight Premier League defeat.

"A lot of teams are up and down, which is the nature of the league and the quality of the opposition we face," Hodgson said.

"We have a lot of respect for Newcastle, for Steve Bruce and the work he is doing there.

"We know if we want to get the result we would like, then we are going to have to be at our best from the very first minute."

Palace captain Luka Milivojevic has been isolating in Serbia following a positive Covid-19 test while away on international duty.

The midfielder has now been given the all-clear to train again, but is not set to be in contention against Newcastle as he builds up match fitness.

Palace were one of the Premier League clubs to vote against an increase to five substitutions, which Hodgson feels would not have benefitted his squad.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson
Image: Roy Hodgson does not believe extra substitutes are specifically needed for player welfare purposes

"We don't have a problem with player workload, we don't play three games a week, in the Champions League or Europa League," he said.

"I am not 100 per cent convinced that having extra substitutions protects the players in particular in that way anyway.

"More often than not the players that you would like to protect in your team are the ones who don't want to leave the field."

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