Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson provides Wilfried Zaha injury update

has confirmed Wilfried Zaha is in contention to make his comeback against Huddersfield Town this weekend.

The Palace forward missed the defeat against Southampton prior to the international break with a groin strain he picked up in training.

Zaha was subsequently left out of the Ivory Coast squad for last week’s match against Rwanda, reportedly due to personal reasons, but trained for the first time in over two weeks on Thursday.

Hodgson said: ‘It was his first training session today, it was debatable if he should train, but he wanted to.

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‘The same with James Tomkins, and we will have to wait until tomorrow to see if they will be able to play.’

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Palace have lost their last 10 games without their talisman, who scored in their opening weekend over Fulham as well as the more recent 4-2 defeat at joint leaders Watford.

On learning to cope without Zaha, Hodgson added: ‘I said that at the last press conference. Until such time as we do win a game, Wilf can sit there knowing he is the man we need to play.

‘The other players have no desire to accept that a game is a lost cause without him, but until they do win a game, I can’t say it is nothing but a fact.’

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