Zaha set to return to Chelsea

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says WilfriedZaha is fine and well and should be fit to face Chelsea at the weekend. The striker was targeted on social media in the wake of Sunday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Arsenal, during which he won a penalty after going down under Granit Xhaka’s challenge.

Hodgson, left the Ivory Coast international out of Wednesday night’s 1-0 Carabao Cup fourth round defeat at Middlesbrough, but later confirmed he should be available for the Chelsea game.

“Well, he was fine the last time I saw him,” he said. “He took a bang on the shoulder at the weekend, which will be fine by the game with Chelsea – it would have been very difficult to have played him today with that knock on the shoulder anyway. “But when I spoke to him yesterday, he was fine.”

Asked if he could believe what had been written, the former England manager said: “What goes on in 2018 goes on in 2018, I suppose, and whether I believe it or want to believe it and whether I like it or don’t like it, it’s obviously a fact of life that you’re confronting me with. “As far as Wilf is concerned, the club will do everything they can to support him in this way.”

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