Crystal Palace fear Wilfried Zaha could be out for two months with suspected knee ligament damage. Zaha, 25, has been Palace’s stand-out player this season, with his four goals helping the Eagles move three points from safety. But his availability for the remainder of the campaign is in doubt after he suffered pain in his knee during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.
The Times say Ivory Coast international Zaha is set to visit a specialist on Tuesday, with the club fearing ligament damage will come to light. Zaha missed the start of the Premier League season with a similar knee problem and a fresh spell on the sidelines would be a major blow to Palace’s hopes of avoiding relegation. After 26 games, Palace have taken 27 points, climbing three points above the relegation zone.
They dominated Sunday’s clash against Newcastle but could only clinch a point as Luka Milivojevic cancelled out Mohamed Diame’s first-half opener at Selhurst Park. Speaking after the match, manager Roy Hodgson said: ‘The way we were playing in the first half I would certainly have taken a point. ‘After watching the second half and watching us dominate the game as we did, I feel we were unlucky not to have got all three points in the end because our second half performance merited that.
‘It’s a point that doesn’t help either of us enormously but we’ve just got to make sure that when we can’t win, we draw.’ Palace face Everton on Saturday – Sam Allardyce, who helped keep Crystal Palace in the top-flight last season, has taken the Toffees into the top-half of the table.