Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson reacts to Wilfried Zaha injury after 2-1 Leicester City win

Crystal Palace captain Wilfried Zaha was forced off in the first half after pulling a groin injury.
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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is hoping the injury to Wilfried Zaha won’t keep him out for long after the Ivorian limped off in the first half against Leicester City in the Premier League.

The 30-year-old was handed the armband in Roy Hodgson’s first game back and he looked brilliant and full of confidence before the injury meant he had to have an early shower.

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With Zaha off the pitch, Palace still looked dangerous with every attack and pressed Leicester back for most of the game.

Substitute Jean Philippe Mateta scored a last gasp winner after Eberechi Eze, another player who produced an outstanding performance levelled the game with a free kick after substitute Ricardo Pereira had opened the scoring for the visitors.

The Eagles now have a week to prepare for the visit to relegation threatened Leeds United and Hodgson says he hopes the scans will be kind to when they have them in the week.

He told 5Live: “It’s too early to say the extent of the injury as we’ve just finished the game but I hope it’s nothing too serious.”

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The win puts Palace an impressive six points above the drop and crucially was their first league win of the year with the last one coming on New Year’s Eve against Bournemouth.

The performance of Eberechi Eze, who looked like he had a new lease of life will delight manager Roy Hodgson as he looks to deliver on the mandate of keeping the Eagles in the Premier League for another season.

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