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Wilfried Zaha and Crystal Palace teammates send messages to PNE's Connor Wickham after surgery

Connor Wickham’s return to football didn’t last long.

On his first start for Preston North End he only lasted seven minutes against Cheltenham Town last week.

The former Crystal Palace striker injured his hamstring and has required surgery on it this week.

It’s a huge blow for the 28 year-old who had only recently signed a deal with Preston North End until January. It’s unclear if the injury will keep him out until then.

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Wickham took to Instagram to post news of his operation; “To say I’m gutted is an understatement, but I’m grateful to have been in the hands of the best. The surgery was a success and I’m already on the road back. I know I’ll give everything I get back on the pitch as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who’s reached out in the last few days.”

Plenty of other footballers responded to his post wishing him the best. They included former Crystal Palace teammates Wilfried Zaha, Tyrick Mitchell, Pape Souare, Nathan Ferguson and Jack Butland.

Many of them simply posted a heart in response to his situation. Benik Afobe who had a spell on loan at Sheffield Wednesday with Wickham said “Get well soon my brother.” Whilst Coventry City striker Martyn Waghorn wrote “Gutted for you mate, back stronger though.”

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It seems Connor Wickham is liked within the footballing community and a lot of players are sad to hear his injuries troubles have resurfaced.

Here’s hoping it’s not too serious and he can get back on the pitch at some point. It remains to be seen whether that will be with Preston North End though.

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