Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Wilfried Zaha was struggling with a minor back problem before the Newcastle United game which may have slowed him up. The Ivory Coast international sustained aniggle during the warm-up ahead of the fixture but he was given the go-ahead to feature after a late fitness test.
Speaking after the Magpies game, Hodgson said: “I think he is feeling something at the top of his back. He was passed fit by the doctor and physio and had no desire not to play the game. I am hoping it won’t cause him problems in the week. Nothing really to report. He was quieter. I don’t know if his comments affected him. He isn’t in front of the mass media, but I don’t think he expected his comments to be treated the way they were. It was his lament. I don’t think he expected the world and its sister to have a view.”
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