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Ivory Coast coach Beaumelle explains holding back Crystal Palace attacker Zaha against England

Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha has collected a hamstring injury.

Zaha was forced to sit out Ivory Coast's Wembley friendly with England after suffering a grade two hamstring injury.

Crystal Palace star Zaha missed out on a 'dream' reunion with England and is likely to be a doubt for Monday's clash with Arsenal after an X-ray revealed the extent of an injury that had been troubling him before Ivory Coast's friendly against France last week.

Ivory Coast manager Patrice Beaumelle deemed it better not to risk Zaha who played two friendlies for England before switching international allegiance in 2016.

Beaumelle said: "After the first game [against France] he felt some pain behind in the hamstring. Because we flew the following day after France and because he is [plays] here it was easier for him to get an X-ray [here].

"He had a grade one or two injury and because of the schedule of Crystal Palace, I understand the busy schedule, we don't have to take any risks because if it gets worse it is maybe six weeks or two months for out.

"For me he should have played this game for him. It was a dream to play against England, playing in Wembley, London. This is football.

"We will see [how long he is out] with Crystal Palace. Today I released him to go and have some care with his club. I asked him to [then] come with the team. He was so sad because he wanted to play but, for me, a grade two is an injury.

"Imagine we put him in and after five minutes … for what? And it was an opportunity for other players to play as a team but of course I would have liked him to play with the Elephants."

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