Alan Pardew has revealed that Crystal Palace midfielder Bakary Sako pulled his hamstring during yesterday evening’s defeat against Sunderland.
Having brought the Mali international into the game at half-time in place of Jason Puncheon, he was forced off prior to the final whistle, having felt a tweak in his leg.
As one of the key goal threats in Alan Pardew’s squad, his absence will be keenly felt across the club when Newcastle visit us this weekend, particularly when you consider the lack of goals amongst our strikers.
Without a single goal between any of our strikers in the Premier League this season, it’s a significant problem for Pardew to address. Whether or not that comes via a change of formation, personnel or mindset is a question that only he can answer, but you would hope that, sooner rather than later, he will have found a solution to our goalscoring issues.
As is the case with any injury involving a hamstring, it’s unlikely that we’ll see Sako involved against Steve McClaren’s Magpies this weekend, leaving Bolasie, Zaha and Puncheon to do their best in the bid to open Palace’s goalscoring floodgates, alongside the likes of Wickham and Chamakh.
It’s clear that Pardew places a huge amount of importance on Sako’s presence from an attacking perspective, leaving him rightly concerned going into a run of games without him at his disposal.
Let’s hope the others find their shooting boots whilst he’s on the sidelines.