Hodgson confirms Zaha fit to make injury return in Tottenham clash

The influential forward has been sidelined since being forced off with a hamstring problem in the 2-1 win at Newcastle at St James’ Park on February 2.

Though they have made huge defensive improvements following listless defeats by Leeds and Burnley, Palace have predictably once again struggled for goals without Zaha, scoring just twice – Jean-Philippe Mateta and Christian Benteke’s efforts in the smash-and-grab win against rivals Brighton – in the five matches he has missed.

However, the Ivory Coast international has been stepping up his return to training and is in line to feature when Hodgson’s side – unbeaten in their last three matches after consecutive goalless draws against Fulham and Manchester United – travel to face a resurgent Tottenham side that have notched consecutive League victories for the first time since November.

“He has come back quicker than perhaps the medical staff thought was possible,” the Palace boss said on Zaha during Friday’s pre-match press conference.

“He trained well this week so no reason why I can’t consider him for a place in the team.”

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