Are Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins fit for Crystal Palace? Eagles boss Roy Hodgson provides latest update

BY SAM SMITH

Roy Hodgson has said that decisions will be made on Friday regarding whether recovering Crystal Palace pair Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins will play in Saturday’s game against Huddersfield Town.

 

Zaha pulled out of the Eagles’ 2-0 defeat to Southampton with a groin strain and only returned to training today – alongside Tomkins who has missed the last two games with a calf injury.

 

Hodgson said: “It was his [Zaha’s] first training session today. It was debatable whether or not he should join in but he was anxious to try – the same applies to James Tomkins.

 

“It was nice to see them back out on the training field but we will have to wait until tomorrow [Friday] and see how they react to tomorrow’s training session to see if they are going to be available [to play Huddersfield].

 

“We have been talking to our medical department and those players are coming back to us as early or even earlier than they were expected to.”

 

Meanwhile, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is fit to feature against the Terriers having just been rested by the England U21s in their victory against Latvia on Tuesday.

 

“Aaron’s fine, he came today and trained today.

 

He played in the first game for the U21s [a goalless draw with the Netherlands] but then the coach [Aidy Boothroyd] made a number of changes.

 

“So a lot of the players who played in the first game – the one that he [Boothroyd] considered to be the hardest one – were rested for the second game against Latvia who were obviously considered to be a weaker opponent.”


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