Wilfried Zaha set for Crystal Palace return as they host Newcastle



Posted Friday, October 22, 2021 by PA

Wilfried Zaha set for Crystal Palace return as they host Newcastle

Wilfried Zaha will return for Crystal Palace when they host Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Ivory Coast international missed Monday’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal with illness, but was back in training on Wednesday and is set to start against the Magpies.

Ebere Eze and Nathan Ferguson (both Achilles) remain absent. The former has stepped up his recovery but manager Patrick Vieira believes the playmaker is still a “couple of weeks away” from being in contention having been out since May.

Newcastle interim boss Graeme Jones will be without midfielder Jonjo Shelvey through suspension following his dismissal against Tottenham, which proved the last game in charge for head coach Steve Bruce.

Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has stepped up his recovery from a foot problem and returned to training this week, but remains short of full fitness.

Defender Paul Dummett has also been able to do some on-pitch training following his lay-off with a calf injury, while midfielder Elliot Anderson (hip) is also continuing his own individual rehabilitation.

Crystal Palace provisional squad: Guaita, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Gallagher, Milivojevic, McArthur, Zaha, Benteke, Edouard, Butland, Clyne, Kelly, Tomkins, Kouyate, Riedewald, Hughes, Schlupp, Olise, Ayew, Matthews, Rak-Sakyi, Mateta.

Newcastle squad: Darlow, Clark, Lascelles, Manquillo, Ritchie, Hayden, Willock, S Longstaff, Joelinton, Wilson, Saint-Maximin, Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Krafth, Fernandez, Hendrick, Fraser, Murphy, Gayle.

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