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Wilfried Zaha | Forward | #11

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/10/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 146

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Crystal Palace pulled off a massive 3-2 win in their derby with Brighton to pull five points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand.
A scintillating first half saw all five goals scored in the first 34 minutes of the opening stanza, starting with Wilfried Zaha's first goal of the afternoon. In the fifth minute, Zaha pounced on a saved shot in front of goal to take the lead. Less than 10 minutes later James Tomkins ended a mad scramble in the box with a goal after coming out of the chaos with the ball. After Glenn Murray cut the lead in half in the 18th minute, Zaha notched his second after latching onto a perfect cross from Luka Milivojevic for the header and what ended up being the winning goal for the Eagles at home. Apr 14 - 12:12 PM
Source: NBC Sports


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Crystal Palace fans will be fretting over the health of Wilfried Zaha ahead of a big match against Liverpool this weekend.

The Ivorian international returned in Gameweek 31 to make his first start in over a month after sustaining a knee injury, only to pick up a knock that sidelined him during the international break. But manager Roy Hodgson said he remains hopeful that Zaha can return for the weekend: "Luckily all others reported back. Zaha hasn’t been training to any great extent as we’re nursing his knee problem that he has. We will have a look at him tomorrow and hope the knee will be ok but we’ve had to be very cautious after the Huddersfield Town game as he came back from injury much earlier than he should have done."
Mar 30 - 12:14 PM

Crystal Palace will be pleased to have two starters back with the club instead of risking injury during the international break.

Winter arrival Alexsander Sorloth withdrew from international duty with Norway as he recovers from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the club's win against Huddersfield Town last weekend. But the biggest boost will come in the return of star midfielder Wilfried Zaha after the winger was called up for Ivory Coast's upcoming friendlies. After being assessed by the club, Zaha was released back to his club after picking up a knock in his first start since returning from a month-long knee injury.
Mar 22 - 4:11 PM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has played down fears that Wilfried Zaha picked up another injury over the weekend.

The Crystal Palace star was subbed off in a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town with a knock in what was his first start since returning from a knee injury that kept him out for a month. Hodgson confirmed that it was just a knock ahead of a two-week break between games, although Zaha has been called up by the Ivory Coast during the international break. "I think it was partly fatigue but also he did take one or two knocks in the second half when he was bursting forward and their only way to stop him was to foul him. He is so good at carrying the ball and we noticed that in the second half for us. He is an outlet for us. He got past people and drew fouls and that put us in their part of the field and give our defenders a rest."
Mar 18 - 8:38 PM

Just when Palace need hm most, Wilfried Zaha made his early return from injury in a trip to Chelsea this weekend.

But his second half cameo was not enough to save Crystal Palace from seeing its Premier League winless streak extend to seven games in a 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge. The Ivorian international looked sharp despite a month out with a knee injury, assisting on the club's lone goal: a 90th-minute blast from Patrick van Aanholt, his second in as many games this week. But luck was not on Palace's side as Alexander Sorloth saw a late goal waved off, Wayne Hennessey was charged with an own goal James Tomkins saw his deflection turn into the net for Chelsea's first goal.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 10 - 2:36 PM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that midfielder Wilfried Zaha could return as early as this weekend.

The former Manchester United winger was expected to miss at least six weeks, and was even rumored to have suffered a season-ending injury, after sustaining a knee injury early February. But Zaha has returned to training ahead of schedule and took part in team training for the first time today, giving him a slight chance to be available to face Chelsea on Sunday. Said Hodgson: "We will see how he feels [for Saturday]. He will be with us tomorrow in another light session, but it has been a remarkable recovery and we have to be careful. We can’t think after two light sessions he can be the Wilfried Zaha we have seen before the injury."
Mar 8 - 12:52 PM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson expressed relief that Wilfried Zaha is ahead of schedule in his return from injury.

Zaha came away with a knee injury in the club's draw with Newcastle in Gameweek 26 that potentially threatened his season and was expected to be out well into March. However, Zaha is not on track to return for a couple more weeks as he continues rehabilitation work with the club's medical staff, according to Hodgson: "He is doing very well and is way ahead of schedule....He's much further forward than we thought he would be but that still means we are looking at several weeks ahead before we can really count on him I think. He has already moved much further ahead than we thought, no one thought he would be fit until perhaps several weeks after the international break but now we are bringing that period closer because we think we might get him back early."
Feb 26 - 7:03 PM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that winger Wilfried Zaha is set to miss the next month.

Despite playing the entire game in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday, Zaha came away with a knee injury that, according to reports, threatened his season. But Hodgson put those claims to rest, saying Zaha will miss the weekend match with Everton and will likely be held out against Manchester United and Spurs as well. "It's amazing Wilf was able to play so much of the game with the injury. He's a very quick healer and we'll be working to get him back as soon as possible. He won't play versus Everton though. If he recovered in a week or two it would be a fantastic effort, but it's more realistic we'd have to wait a month for him. It's not certain. He'll be pushing the medical staff to come back as soon as possible."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 8 - 3:12 PM

If Crystal Palace manage to retain their top-flight status, then Roy Hodgson will have done it the hard way.

Their season has been blighted by injury and the bad luck shows no sign of abating. Having already lost Scott Dann [ACL knee], Bakary Sako [ankle] and Jason Puncheon [PCL knee] for the remainder of the campaign, the Eagles are also sweating on the fitness of Ruben Loftus-Cheek who returned to Chelsea for treatment on an ankle injury which could potentially end his loan agreement. In addition, Palace now face the prospect of losing star man Wilfried Zaha after the winger sustained a first half knee injury during the 1-1 draw with Newcastle. Despite completing 90 minutes, Zaha had a scan on Monday and will meet with a specialist to help determine the extent of the problem amid growing fears that he will be sidelined for a significant period. New signing Alexander Sørloth could come into the side, although it would mean a slight change in formation with Hodgson opting for two up top.
Source: The Guardian
Feb 6 - 3:55 PM

Crystal Palace fans can breath a sigh of relief knowing that Wilfried Zaha will not leave the club in the January window.

This piece of news comes from the top with both manager Roy Hodgson and Zaha himself confirming the news despite rumors linking him to Arsenal and Chelsea. But with Palace in form as it fights off relegation after a poor start, Zaha, with his four goals and three assists, will continue through the end of the season at the very least. Said Hodgson: "I have assurances from the club owners and Chairman, Steve Parish, that is not going to happen. We want to keep all the players we have got and ideally want to add to the squad in the January transfer window to strengthen even more. We are not too concerned about any rumours which might circulate because he is going nowhere."
Jan 4 - 1:27 AM

Crystal Palace took two leads and saw it disappear in the first half alone in a 2-2 draw with Everton.

Palace jumped on the board early with the second-fastest goal in Premier League history after James McArthur pounced on a saved shot by Ruben Lofus-Cheek at the back post just 51 seconds into the match. After Scott Dann gave away a dubious penalty in the fifth minute, Wilfried Zaha gave the Eagles another lead with a goal in the 35th minute for his third goal in the last five league games. In the 35th minute, Joel Ward zipped across a pass that found Zaha for a rare, composed finish. But the lead was gone on the brink of half-time as Palace stayed bottom with only a point to show from Saturday.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 12:20:00 PM

Wilfried Zaha's goal six minutes into injury time capped a second-half comeback as Crystal Palace drew 2-2 with West Ham at Selhurst Park.

Palace found themselves trailing 2-0 at half-time courtesy of strikes from Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew. Yet Angelo Ogbonna conceded a silly penalty when he fouled Andros Townsend, who was dribbling away from goal, to give the hosts a lifeline. Luka Milivojevic converted the spot-kick to cut the deficit in half and that proved to be the turning point the match. Roy Hodgson's side struck the woodwork twice and peppered Joe Hart in goal before finally being rewarded. Zaha's goal was a brilliant solo effort, cutting inside and leveling the match with a low effort out of the reach of Hart. Though Palace remain at the bottom of the table, things are starting to look much brighter with Zaha back and in fine form.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 01:00:00 PM

Wilfried Zaha returned from injury to inspire Crystal Palace to its first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

After a terrible start, winless and goalless in seven matches, Crystal Palace impressed on Saturday. Roy Hodgson's took a deserved lead in the 11 minute when Yohan Cabaye's close-range strike deflected off Cesar Azpilicueta and into the net. Chelsea equalized through Tiemoue Bakayoko seven minutes later but the home side restored their lead just before the break when Zaha, back after missing the last six matches with a knee injury, scored after an excellent solo effort. The Blues pressed in the second half but saw their chances limited to strikes from distance, while Palace missed ample chances to extend their lead yet held firm to claim all three points.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 12:54:00 PM

Crystal Palace will be more than relieved to see the return of winger Wilfried Zaha against Chelsea on Saturday.

The star winger has been out since the opening week of the season when he suffered a knee injury in the first match. Since, the club has yet to score a goal or record a point and now have a new manager in Roy Hodgson. After seven goals and 11 assists last year, there's a lot weighing on Zaha to pull the club out of its slump. Said Hodgson:"Wilfried has trained for two weeks over the international break so therefore there is no reason why I shouldn’t consider him for the game against Chelsea...He did ever so well to come back that quickly from the injury so to expect him to be in the form he was in before is a tough ask but it has certainly been good to see him in training."
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 04:29:00 PM

Crystal Palace is nearing the end of its anxious wait without Wilfried Zaha with the winger close to a return.

Zaha is set to return after the upcoming international break after sustaining a knee injury in the club's opening match of the season, according to manager Roy Hodgson. "We've got a large squad to choose from. Everyone made it through Tuesday unscathed...Feedback on Wilf is positive, he is doing work with the sports science and medical staff and is still on target for a return after the international period." The Eagles have sorely missed the Ivorian international as the club remains goalless this season.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 04:38:00 PM