Football: Palace winger Zaha doubtful for Liverpool game

Zaha (above) is battling a knee injury.
Zaha (above) is battling a knee injury.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is battling a knee injury and is doubtful for Saturday's Premier League match against Liverpool, manager Roy Hodgson said on Thursday (March 29).

Zaha played for 89 minutes against Huddersfield Town this month in only his second game since returning from injury and Hodgson suggested the 25-year-old was feeling the effects of coming back too early.

"Zaha hasn't been training to any great extent as we're nursing his knee problem that he has. We will have a look at him tomorrow and hope the knee will be OK," Hodgson told a news conference.

"We've had to be cautious after the Huddersfield game as he came back from injury much earlier than he should have done."

The Ivory Coast international missed friendlies against Togo and Moldova last week.

Defender Jeffrey Schlupp is also doubtful for the visit of Liverpool after he limped off early in the game against Huddersfield.

Crystal Palace are 16th in the table with 30 points from 31 games while Liverpool are third.