Wilfried Zaha struggling with new hamstring problem after missing Crystal Palace defeat to Tottenham
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 10/11/18 9:37pm
Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha is struggling with a new hamstring injury.
The 25-year-old missed out on the matchday squad to face Tottenham on Saturday after picking up the problem in last weekend's defeat to Chelsea.
Zaha had only just returned from an injury for the trip to Stamford Bridge after missing the international break, and he will now miss the next one in the hope he can be fit for the away trip to Manchester United on November 24.
"It was always extremely unlikely that he would recover in time," Eagles boss Roy Hodgson said after Juan Foyth's header gave Tottenham a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park.
"It's been about trying to get him fit for Manchester but, Wilf being Wilf, he never wants to rule himself out. He always believes, miraculously, despite not training, something will happen and he will get out there.
"But that wasn't the case - like my medical staff told me it wouldn't be."
Zaha also missed two games in September with a groin problem and Palace are yet to win this season without the Ivory Coast attacker in the side.
"The point is, that we have played quite well is not going to stop anybody countering that we didn't win, didn't score, and 'Wilf Zaha didn't play therefore you lost'," Hodgson said.
"I know that's not true and anyone studying the game will also know that. But the fact is we have not won without Wilf for god knows how long, and this is another one to add to that list."