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Zaha injury concern for Hodgson

30th March 2019, 10:30 by Nick Harris

Manager Roy Hodgson is worried about Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha's hamstring after all the travelling he has done this past week.

Zaha made a 6,400-mile round trip to the Ivory Coast ahead of their African Cup of Nations match against Rwanda despite carrying a hamstring injury which ultimately ruled him out.

The winger arrived back at Palace on Tuesday and has since been receiving treatment.

Hodgson, whose side are still not clear of the threat of relegation as they sit five points off the bottom three, said: "With these strains, it is important to take care, especially hamstrings.

"I understand the Ivory Coast feel they need to check the veracity of the situation, so I was always aware he would have to go over there but I was disappointed he wasn't able to come back a bit earlier for treatment here.

"You have to be so careful with hamstring injuries. It's so difficult to know whether someone is 100 per cent fit. So I think everyone understands the caution we wanted to show going into this important stage of the season.

"I can only hope Wilf, being as resilient as he is, can deal with the fact he's had to have a journey back and forward to the Ivory Coast."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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