Crystal Palace have been handed a major blow in their bid to avoid relegation to the Championship with the news that key man Wilfried Zaha could be out of action for a prolonged period of time with a knee injury, according to the Guardian.
It is understood that the 25-year-old picked up the injury during the first half of Saturdayâ€™s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United yet remained on the pitch, completing the entire 90 minutes.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) February 6, 2018
After being sent for a scan on Monday, the Ivory Coast international was told that he must go for more treatment in order to get a better idea of the gravity of the injury.
Palace, who have improved significantly since the appointment of Roy Hodgson as manager, are expected to be without Zaha for a minimum of four weeks, although there are fears that the talismanic winger could be ruled out for a significantly longer period.
The former Manchester United man already missed two months of action at the start of the campaign after picking up a knee injury during the Eaglesâ€™ curtain-raiser against Huddersfield Town and has played a key role in Palaceâ€™s revival since then.
Sundayâ€™s draw with fellow strugglers Newcastle saw the London outfit drop down one place into 14th spot in the league table and Palace currently find themselves just three points above the relegation zone.
News of Zahaâ€™s injury is made worse by the fact that, just last week, the Eagles’ top scorer Bakary Sako, who has six strikes to his name in all competitions, was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a fractured ankle and damaged ligaments.
The Palace faithful have taken to Twitter to air their dismay at Zahaâ€™s spell on the sidelines, as the Eagles are set to face a number of tough fixtures in the next weeks without the tricky winger.
Here are some of the best tweets:
So Zaha is injured & out for â€˜some timeâ€™ well itâ€™s a good job we have depth in our squad to cov…..oh no wait we donâ€™t as the wisdom of SP didnâ€™t seem it necessary. His arrogance that we were out of the bottom 3 & safe meant he didnâ€™t have to put his hand in his pocket #CPFC
— Ant_Wright (@palacefan_85) February 5, 2018
— Tom Bartholomew ðŸ¦… (@ThomasBarty) February 5, 2018
Zaha injured = #cpfc are going down! We are pretty much a 1 man team ðŸ˜ðŸ˜
— Dave Richardson (@DaveCPFC88) February 5, 2018
Ok Iâ€™ve just read the news on Zaha and Iâ€™ve decided to give up football forever #cpfc
— Kevin McGuire (@kmcguire69) February 5, 2018
So #cpfc needed 5/6 players & we only signed 3. None of which are fit to play or played in England. In the mean time we lose Sako our top scorer (rest of the season) Zaha our best player & Kelly & Speroni. But mama is back. Soooo basically we are worse off than before the window?
— Mark Andrews (@halfofSA) February 5, 2018
So Zaha is out injured. It's ok though, we have loads of wingers in our squad as back up ðŸ¤” #cpfc
— Rob Naish (@Naishy89) February 5, 2018
Zaha out so that's the end of our season. Hello Championship.
I blame Freedman and Parish for not getting us proper cover in the January window.
If Zaha has any sense he'll leave in the Summer. He's going nowhere with these amateurs in charge. #cpfc
— Geoff (@gplondon) February 6, 2018
If Crystal Palace stay up, that will be a very, very special season! 0 goals, 0 points from 7 games.
Now Zaha(our main outlet) is injured; alongside 8 first team players. Will be some season if we do stay up #cpfc
— Jordan (@J__Best) February 6, 2018