Chelsea host Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is happy to have his star forward Wilfried Zaha back from injury.

The Ivory Coast international has been out injured since February, but is back to training and could play from the start against Chelsea.

“He has had a ball at his feet for a while and been training solo, with the physios. He was able to join in with the team today in a modified session, which is enormous progress. We are very happy his progress has been as fast as it has been, but we have to be careful as it was a serious injury,” explained Hodgson.

He continued: “We will see how he feels. 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.”

Hodgson has said Crystal Palace must be careful with Zaha’s reintroduction, with the forward having been expected to be out for potentially another two months.

“We are happy to see him back with us as quickly as he has been because the initial prognosis was more like the end of the season, rather than six weeks. All teams are reliant on their decisive players, or MVPs. When you have a player out for a length of time, there is always a risk to push for him to come back sooner than he should, and that is the balance we have to get right.”

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