The former Arsenal captain replaces Roy Hodgson, who stepped down at the end of last season after four years at the helm.
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Palace manager Roy Hodgson revealed in his Tuesday press conference that Eze had picked up a knock earlier in the day and a scan has revealed damage, which could keep Eze on the sidelines until 2022.
The 73-year-old former England boss said “the time is right to step away from the rigours of top-flight Premier League football”.
The attacking midfielder has enjoyed a promising first season in the Premier League following his arrival from QPR in August 2020 in a deal worth £20 million.
The Eagles got the win that mathematically secured their top-flight status as they overcame the already-relegated Blades at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
The Blades have remained at the foot of the Premier League table for the majority of the campaign, and they will hope to limit the damage with a second victory from their last three games in the top flight.
The hosts will have had five days to recover from their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Leicester City on Monday night, while Man City overcame Paris Saint-Germain by the same scoreline in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in midweek.
Wilfried Zaha, who pre-match became the first Premier League player not to take the knee, won the spot-kick and Roy Hodgson saw his players keep a third clean sheet from their last four games to secure a vital victory.
Eze, who signed from QPR for £19.5 million last summer, made a flying start to life in the Premier League but has not been hitting the same heights of late.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won their last four in the league to rise into fourth spot in the table, while Palace, who picked up a point at Arsenal on Thursday night, are currently down in 13th.
Mikel Arteta saw the Gunners’ Premier League winning run come to an end as they lacked inspiration in north London, while Roy Hodgson will feel aggrieved that Palace left with only a point after creating the better chances.
But Hodgson has dismissed suggestions that Eze should be dropped and the midfielder is in the Palace squad to face Arsenal on Thursday.
“I thought I may as well take the chance and see if I can beat someone,” he said.
Roy Hodgson’s side had not tasted success since thrashing West Brom at the start of December but two first-half goals coupled with a professional display helped them to triumph in their first match of the year.
While Roy Hodgson’s men managed to take a point from their clash with Leicester, Sheffield United’s abysmal run continued with a narrow defeat to fellow strugglers Burnley in midweek.
The Eagles have only won one of their last five league games but face a Liverpool team struggling on the road despite their lofty league position.
The Baggies ended their winless run with a 1-0 victory at fellow strugglers Sheffield United, but they remain inside the relegation zone heading into the weekend.
Hodgson returns with his Palace side having picked up seven points from their five games so far, whereas Scott Parker – more than 33 years his opposite number’s junior – is looking to lift Fulham off the foot of the table.
The pair are two of only five clubs to have won both of their opening games in 2020-21, and they come into today’s match after particularly encouraging results last time out.
The 22-year-old was handed his full debut as Roy Hodgson’s men bowed out 11-10 on penalties to Bournemouth in the English League Cup on Tuesday evening.