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Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: More to this team than absent Zaha

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists they have enough depth to cover the absence of Wilfried Zaha tonight against Newcastle United.

Hodgson said Zaha "won't be in contention."

He elaborated, saying: "He's still got to serve out the period of isolation. That will take him I think to Saturday when he'll be tested again and we're hoping that will come back negative. He's been feeling okay, which is often the case when people test positive."

Hodgson then continued to discuss the No.11 when asked how much of a difference his absence makes.

He said: "He's a very important player. It's always the case whenever you have a player who's hit the headlines for his club in the way Wilf has done for us and lots of other players you could name for other clubs in the same category, it's normal when the team plays without that player and don't get a result, everything focuses around the man who's missing.

"Of course you miss those players but you miss them playing their best football and you can't guarantee they'd be playing their best football... We tend to endow the player who's not playing with incredible quality. But we did miss him of course and always will miss him when he's not playing because he's such a good player."


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