Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson admits it is a huge boost to have Wilfried Zaha fit and available once again. The Ivory Coast international picked up a knee injury during the 1-1 draw with Newcastle at the beginning of February and he subsequently missed the next three matches, as Palace suffered defeats to Everton, Tottenham and Manchester United. However, the 25-year-old returned to action as a substitute during last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea, although that result has left the Eagles inside the Premier League relegation zone and a point adrift of safety. Palace will now face a trip to fellow strugglers Huddersfield on Saturday and Hodgson has confirmed that Zaha is fit enough to start that match and he believes it will be a huge boost to his side to have such an influential figure back in the team. Speaking about Zaha, Hodgson said: “He has the exceptional ability to run with the ball and beat people. Those type of players are very important as we saw in the Chelsea-Barcelona game and Lionel Messi. If Messi hadn’t played it could have been a totally different result (Barca won 3-0).” Zaha is not the only Palace player to have recovered
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