The Crystal Palace manager knows the Ivory Coast footballer could have made a difference in the 2-1 defeat against Watford.
Crystal Palace was defeated 2-1 by Watford in the FA Cup Quarterfinals, getting kicked out of the competition.
And the best man Palace has, Wilfried Zaha, had to sit out the game because he still has a hamstring injury.
And for manager Roy Hodgson, his presence would have made a big difference.
“He’s an outstanding player when you take players of that quality in a team you’re not going to be able to say you didn’t miss them, you never know what sort of game they’re going to have,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.
“We don’t really want to go into an important quarter-final without players of his ability and his importance. So that was a bit unfortunate as, of course, has been the Mamadou Sakho injury.”
“He (Zaha) felt his hamstring after the Brighton game, he didn’t train, during the week we took him out to test it on Thursday but it would have been an enormous risk to play him in the game today and risk more serious injury. We can only hope he’ll recover in the two weeks before the next game,” he continued.
“The second-half performance was good. The game was dominated by the weather conditions, as are so many at this time of year, I thought it was a tight encounter.”
“You have to weather the storm in the first half, we couldn’t get the ball away from the corner flag. But we started to look more dangerous after half-time and when we equalised I was feeling fairly good about the team and our chances of winning,” Hodgson concluded.
Roy Hodgson has provided an injury update on Wilfried Zaha.
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