Crystal Palace’s relegation hopes have been handed a much-needed boost as Wilfried Zaha could return to the side against Chelsea this weekend, as reported by Guardian.

The winger has returned to training following a five-week spell on the sidelines after suffering knee ligament damage.

He joined his teammates in a training session for the first time today as Roy Hodgson’s side prepare to face the Premier League champions.

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Roy Hodgson spoke about the situation of the situation surrounding Zaha earlier today:

He was able to join in with the team today for the first time, albeit in a modified session, which is enormous progress really. We have to be careful because it was a serious injury and, under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t have expected him back this week.

But he’s so far ahead of schedule. I’ve got to make it clear: it is a remarkable recovery and we have to be very careful to make certain that, just because he can take part in two modified training sessions, he really is coming back as the Wilfried Zaha he was before the injury.

Zaha’s importance to the side is highlighted by the fact that Palace are yet to pick up a single point when he hasn’t featured in a game, having had two spells out injured. The player’s quality is clear for all to see and having him fit for the remainder of the season could go a long way in helping the Eagles retain their status in the league.