Wilfried Zaha has contradicted his Ivory Coast coach’s claims that he is considering his international future, insisting that his absence from his last team is due to recovering from an infection.
Zaha, who has scored five goals in 20 appearances for Côte d’Ivoire, was left out of his team for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Mozambique and Cameroon after manager Patrice Beaumelle said the Crystal Palace forward “asked not to come.”
Beaumelle added that Zaha wanted to “reflect on the rest of his international career,” but the 28-year-old says his coach is wrong.
In a statement released on Friday, Zaha said: “Despite numerous press reports, I have never said at any point that I am reconsidering my future as an international player.
“Putting on the Ivory Coast jersey and representing my country is an honor that I never, ever take for granted.
“During the last international matches I contracted a viral infection while traveling and was ill when I returned, I could not train and I was forced to miss the Crystal Palace game against Arsenal.
“As I don’t feel completely recovered, I spoke with the coach and asked him for permission to miss the next two games.
“Of course I will be available and present if I am selected for future games and I wish the team every success in the next two games and in qualifying for the World Cup.”
Zaha, who shifted his allegiance from England to the country of his birth Côte d’Ivoire, in 2017, is one of the Premier League players expected to take part in the African Cup of Nations in January and February.
Zaha has almost always been around for Palace so far this season, scoring three times, including during the club’s 2-0 win at Manchester City October 30.
Ebere Eze will be absent again for crystal Palace when they host Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday.
The 23-year-old improved his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury when he played an hour for the U-23s against Blackburn on Monday, but manager Patrick Vieira revealed that the former QPR needs more minutes before being in the league. contest.
Defender Nathan Ferguson has also come out for the same problem, but is ready to take part in some modified first team practice next week.
Wolves They run out of several players for their trip to Selhurst Park. Defender Fernando Marcal’s calf injury will keep him away until after the international break.
Winger Jonny (knee), winger Pedro Neto (knee) and midfielder Yerson Mosquera (hamstring) are not expected to return until next year.
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