Palace Given Big Double Injury Boost Ahead Of Tottenham Game

0 Posted by - February 12, 2018 - News

Palace boss Roy Hodgson has given supporters a positive update about the fitness of both Mamadou Sakho and Martin Kelly following the Eagles’ loss to Everton last weekend.

With Kelly having hobbled off against Newcastle during our last home game and replaced by Sakho, the Frenchman had been expected to take his place once again at Goodison Park but after training for the majority of the week, he flagged up a twinge in his calf on Friday morning. Whilst it was a bitter blow to take, the manager rested him against the Toffees but since then, an MRI scan has revealed that there is no noticeable damage.

Given the two week break we now have until Premier League action gets back underway, it sounds as though the gaffer expects both Kelly and Sakho to be fully fit and ready for selection in plenty of time, leaving him far more concerned about our options at the head of the field.

With an in-form Tottenham side the next to visit us at Selhurst Park, we’ll need to be on our game in every sense of the word and without the services of Wilfried Zaha, Bakary Sako or long-term absentee Connor Wickham, the boss finds himself searching for some sort of inspiration in the final third. Admittedly, Alexander Sørloth’s debut performance up at Everton came as something of a pleasant surprise but in an ideal world, we’d have enough potency on the flanks to consider dropping the misfiring Christian Benteke and using the aforementioned Norwegian as our lone striking target.

Whilst I’m not against the idea of using both Sørloth and Benteke together in a standard 4-4-2, I don’t think it would be wise to do against a side as dangerous as Spurs. Admittedly, I’m nowhere near as tactically astute as Roy Hodgson, (that’s why he’s employed as our manager and I just spew hundreds of words out trying to make sense of it all) but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that a four-man midfield would be running a risk of getting overrun by a team of Tottenham’s quality throughout the course of 90 minutes.

As things stand, we remain outside the bottom three but with games against Spurs, Manchester United and Chelsea in succession over the next few weeks, we’ll need to prepare ourselves from some massive battles all across the field. With that in mind, the news regarding Kelly and Sakho is music to my ears, despite the lengthy list of players who remain on the treatment table.

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  • t.carter February 12, 2018 - 9:11 am Reply

    boy did we miss m.sako at everton.for once im critical of roy fosu-mensa,should never have been given centre-half berth.ward,would and has played their,caught badly out ofposition,on first 2 goals.i thought team performance was crap,except sorloth.everybodies been raving about rakip.why wasn,t he playing.we need some spark in midfield.3 player,s were brought in january.why arn,t they playing.if we don,t start to put good performances together over the next 5 games WE WILL GO DOWN.can,t rely on last 6 games.we are in real danger,and i belive this is now the time to throw new players in,and chance it.surely the time has come for benteke to be permenantly dropped,he is totally useless.

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 12, 2018 - 11:09 am Reply

      The fact Jach wasn’t on the bench but Delaney was suggest he will either need time adapt (why sign him?) or isn’t good enough (why sign him?)

  • Spiceboy February 12, 2018 - 10:45 am Reply

    I don’t think sakho will be back for spurs it will be Tomkins & kelly but sakho will be nearly 100%. Everyone should be more worried about Wayne getting injured if he gets a knock well let’s just say we r 100% screwed. Glad “hey you guys” had a good debut well played that lad sounds like he worked his socks off. If benteke gets his confidence back he will score he just needs confidence come on big man start firing.

  • t.carter February 12, 2018 - 12:11 pm Reply

    spiceboy.sorry facts do not back u up.apart from 1 season benteke at villa,was great.liverpool got rid,because he,s lazy,with wrong attitude.on saturday slow,ponderous again.sorlith showed him up,i know this kid was on his debut,but boy did he try hard.benteke is useless.and mark my word,s unless he resewrects himself,he,l be got rid of.we can,t wait any longer.this man has cost us so many points this season,he,s rubbish.

  • Geone February 13, 2018 - 1:18 am Reply

    T. Carter I agree with you Hodgson, didn’t help our cause by not sticking on subs it’s not rocket science to know if you play 11 players for 90 plus some will tire and make mistakes each player will not have the same amount of stamina that’s part of why football managers bring on subs! I saw it the West Ham match and the Everton.. If he had brought on Rakip things may of change or may not but it would have brought on another threat. Some one should tell start using subs like every other manager cos we need points and him not subbing tired legs out is NOT helping us.

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