Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha homes in on comeback from knee injury

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said Wilfried Zaha is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee injury.

Zaha has been out since suffering the problem against Newcastle at the start of last month, but Hodgson said the speed of his recovery "remarkable."

Speaking at a news conference ahead of Palace's trip to Chelsea on Saturday, he said: "Wilf's had a ball at his feet for a while, training solo with the rehab people and the physios.

"He joined in with the team today in an albeit modified session. He's well ahead of schedule, but it was a serious injury.

"It's a remarkable recovery. It will be a case of discussing with him, the doctor and the physios regarding when he's ready to come back. It's a major positive.

"All teams rely upon their decisive players, their MVPs. So when you have a player out for anything length of time there's always a risk you'll push for him to come back earlier than he should.

"That's the balance I've got to get right."