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Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday, Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is confident Wilfried Zaha will be fit to face Chelsea.

Zaha suffered a shoulder injury during Crystal Palace’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal last weekend and was a doubt for the game against Chelsea.

The 25-year-old winger is an important player for Crystal Palace.

In Zaha’s absence, Crystal Palace suffered a 1-0 defeat to Championship side Middlesbrough in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Zaha revealed he received racist abuse on social medial following Palace’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal and Hodgson revealed Crystal Palace would support the 25-year-old.

“He was fine the last time I saw him,” said Hodgson.

“He took a bang on the shoulder at the weekend which will be fine by the Chelsea game.

“It would have been difficult to play him [against Middlesbrough] with that knock anyway, but I spoke to him yesterday and he said he was fine.

“The club will do everything they can to support him [over the abuse].

“I do not think there are many people out there, perhaps the odd social media troll who knows no better, who believes that racially abusing people or threatening people is the right way to go.

“It is fairly obviously that, at my stage of life, I do not have any sympathy for people who use these platforms to abuse other people.

“The club will do everything they can to help him get through the situation.”

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