Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze injury latest: Roy Hodgson gives update on Crystal Palace duo | Football

Michael Olise delivered another impressive performance as Crystal Palace beat Sheffield United (Getty)

Roy Hodgson has played down the severity of injuries to Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze after Crystal Palace’s win over Sheffield United on Tuesday evening.

Palace moved six points clear of the relegation zone after securing a 3-2 victory at Selhurst Park, with both Olise and Eze playing an integral role in the performance.

Olise provided the assist for both of Eze’s goals in the first half before scoring a brilliant individual effort in the 67th minute.

The 22-year-old, who has suffered from hamstring issues this season, was then substituted just two minutes later, while Eze was forced off with 12 minutes remaining after picking up a hamstring problem.

‘I think Michael’s okay,’ Hodgson said after Palace’s win.

‘Michael, really, was one that we were concerned was not necessarily ready to start the game.

Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park

Eberechi Eze scored twice in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 win over Sheffield United (PA)

‘If I’d really listened more carefully to the medical people who were saying he’s been out a long time and it might be a bit much to start him.

‘But luckily Michael is of the opinion, ‘I think I’m ready to start’. But everyone was in agreement that he might not last the 90 minutes.

‘Quite frankly we left it up to Michael, I said to him, ‘look, I’m not going to decide it’s this [specific] number of minutes, it’s up to you but be sensible, you don’t want to injure yourself again, if you start to feel it getting tough now, you’ve got to put your hand up’.

‘Of course, with Eze that was just unfortunate.

‘I think it was that burst, that bursting run in the box and he started to feel his hamstring a bit.

‘But I won’t know the severity, if it is a severity of that, whether it’s just a case also of tiredness because he put in a lot of work in the game.’

Hodgson also added on Olise and Eze: ‘I’m a Palace fan too, so I certainly hope [Eze and Olise will be fit]. But of course, they haven’t really been fully assessed as yet.

‘Both of them were pretty upbeat after the game, and with any luck, they’ll both be there. If they are both there, it will certainly improve our chances of getting a result at the weekend.’

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