August 24, 2017 / 7:34 AM / 2 months ago

Palace will not rush injured Zaha, says de Boer

Football Soccer - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Town - London, Britain - August 12, 2017 Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha in action with Huddersfield Town’s Tommy Smith Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

(Reuters) - Crystal Palace will not rush injured winger Wilfried Zaha back into action and have not put a timeframe on the Ivory Coast international’s return, the Premier League club’s manager Frank de Boer has said.

The 24-year-old, who scored seven league goals and provided 11 assists to win Palace’s Player of the Year last season, sustained a knee injury during their 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town in the opening league game of the season.

“Wilf is a very robust player, the first couple of days (after the injury) are very important to have a rest and, from now on, I think he’s going to start rehab,” De Boer said after Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Ipswich Town in the League Cup.

“We don’t know how long it will take. The risk is that you start too early, that he can have a setback, so we are going to see and don’t put a time on it right now.”

Palace, who will play Huddersfield Town again in the third round of the League Cup in September, host Swansea City in the league on Saturday.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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