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Patrick Vieira confirms key player back in the Crystal Palace squad for Aston Villa trip

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has confirmed that Wilfried Zaha will be back in the matchday squad for tomorrow’s clash away to Aston Villa.

The Ivorian has missed the last four outings for the Eagles after he picked up a hamstring injury in the goalless draw with Newcastle United. 

Zaha, Palace’s top goalscorer and appearance holder in the club’s Premier League history, has six goals to his name this season.

“We have a full squad,” said Vieira. 

“Wilfried trained the last two weeks with the team. This week, he didn’t miss any training, so he will be in the squad tomorrow.

“Having Wilfried back is one more weapon. There is no doubt about his confidence and his self-belief, and the quality he has in front of goal. But if we want Wilfried to score those goals, we need to create opportunities, create chances and the team has to perform well.

“If we manage to keep the quality we have shown in the last couple of games, we will get three points.

“Wilfried can score goals from individual quality or individual talent that he can show during games.

“The responsibility of the players around has to be massive as well. We can’t put all our hopes on only one player. I want everyone to take responsibility, I want everyone to perform as best as they can.

“There are lots of players who can give more to the team to allow Wilfried or the other players around to score goals.”

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