WILFRIED ZAHA is easing away the frustration of injury with some laidback luxury in Dubai.
The Crystal Palace hero wore a knee-brace to protect his sprained ligaments as he reclined on a boat in the United Arab Emirates.
Zaha, who injured his knee against Newcastle two weekends ago, is battling to return at home to Liverpool on March 31 – earlier than first feared.
And he seemed to be enjoying his recuperation period – in one of the world’s richest cities – away from the stresses of the Eagles’ Premier League survival battle.
The Ivory Coast winger, 25, posted a photo on Instagram of himself, wearing just shorts and a cap, looking relaxed and content out at sea.
And Eagles fans soon wished him well in messages below the picture.
PA:Empics Sport Wilfried Zaha sprained knee ligaments against Newcastle
Getty Images – Getty Eagles star Wilfried Zaha hopes to return against Liverpool on March 31
One said: “Rest up mate.” And another supporter wrote: “Get well soon Wilf – enjoy the Dubai weather!”
Manager Roy Hodgson will certainly hope the former England Under-21 star returns fresh and confident as he has earmarked Zaha as one of the keys to Palace staying up.
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Hodgson was relieved to escape the January transfer window without losing the one-time Manchester United flop, who has been monitored by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City
And earlier this season Hodgson said: “I would expect one day that if Wilf continues as he is doing at the moment, then the club will be faced with a situation where someone wants to put a lot of money on the table in order to prise him away.
“That will be a massive decision for the club because I know how much Crystal Palace fans and owners appreciate him and he is the last person we want to lose.”
Zaha hurt his knee in a 1-1 home draw with fellow strugglers Newcastle on February 4, yet played the whole match.
PA:Press Association Palace manager Roy Hodgson hopes Wilfried Zaha can play seven more Prem games this term
Getty Images – Getty Ivory Coast star Wilfried Zaha could be back in action by the end of March