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The defensive midfielder has been left out of the Nigeria squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifying double header against the Central African Republic because of the injury, and Brendan Rodgers admitted it could see him miss out on the fixture at Selhurst Park.

Former Arsenal midfielder Vieira had seen his side take just one point from their opening three Premier League games, but Wilfried Zaha’s 76th-minute penalty and a debut double for new signing Edouard in the final 10 minutes earned a deserved three points.

While Thomas Frank’s side produced one of the most memorable nights in the club’s history last Friday, Patrick Vieira’s Palace slumped to a 3-0 loss at European champions Chelsea.

Three days after lifting the European Super Cup and less than 48 hours since announcing the £97.5 million return of striker Lukaku, the dominant hosts cruised to victory courtesy of goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and top-flight debutant Trevoh Chalobah.

The Blues finished fourth in last season’s Premier League table, while Palace – now under the management of former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira – claimed 14th for the second successive campaign.